Jeff Wilson Joliet wrap up

Wilson runner-ups at Jegs All-Star Race. JOLIET, Ill. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson made the final round for the second year in a row of the Jegs Sportsman All-Star Race held during this past weekend's Craftsman 75th Anniversary...

Wilson runner-ups at Jegs All-Star Race.

JOLIET, Ill. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson made the final round for the second year in a row of the Jegs Sportsman All-Star Race held during this past weekend's Craftsman 75th Anniversary Nationals presented by Racing Champions at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago. Last year Wilson won the event.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., qualified his Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon backed Blown Alcohol Dragster seventh in the All-Star field with an off-pace 5.637 second elapsed time at 256.06 mph. In round one, Wilson and Crew Chief Mel Ruir got the ABC/Starcon dragster on track with a 5.457 at 251.02 mph to take out Div. 6 All-Star Steve Federlin. In the semifinals, Wilson, as the Div. 3 blocker (last year's All-Star Champion), took out Div. 3 All-Star Bill Reichert with a 5.437 at 260.41 mph.

In the final, Wilson squared off with Div. 2 All-Star Marty Thacker. Wilson quickly saw his chances to repeat go away as the supercharger driver belt snapped, handing Thacker the easy victory.

Wilson did not fare as well in Sunday's main race. His 5.437 at 260.41 mph in the semifinals of the All-Star race qualified him seventh for Sunday's race. Wilson took the jump off the line over his opponent Ken Perry, but couldn't hold on as Perry took the win with a 5.478 at 253.71 mph to Wilson's right-there 5.517 at 258.47 mph.

"This weekend was another step in the right direction for this team," said Wilson. "This Mike Spitzer chassis is really working great. We have a few small things we need to work on, and I think we'll be right in the thick of things at the top. The car had the potential to run .30's on several passes. I think we are right around the corner."

The event was the last race of the year for the ABC/Starcon team. Wilson feels that the team is geared up for a run at the World Championship next season.

"This year was primarily an R&D year for us," stated Wilson. "We took a lot of time to develop this new Mike Spitzer chassis. I think after gathering the data from this year, we are really geared to make a hard run at the championship next year. We will continue to work on some things over the offseason that will hopefully make us even stronger."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeff Wilson , Marty Thacker , Bill Reichert