Tricky track leads to early round exit for Wilson. JOLIET, Ill. - When racing in temperatures near 100 degrees, even good tracks become tough to negotiate. Such was the case for Jeff Wilson and the Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon team...
Tricky track leads to early round exit for Wilson.
JOLIET, Ill. - When racing in temperatures near 100 degrees, even good tracks become tough to negotiate. Such was the case for Jeff Wilson and the Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon team during this past weekend's resumption of the Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago. Wilson made the strongest run in qualifying this past weekend, but lost traction in his first round matchup with eventual winner Shelly Howard.
Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., qualified the ABC/Starcon Blown Alcohol Dragster fifth with a 5.530 at 257.48 mph. In round one, Wilson spun the tires hard, slowing him off the line, which allowed Howard to take a substantial lead. Howard held on to take the win. Despite the early round loss, Wilson remains second in Division 3 standings.
"We ran that .53 in qualifying, and we thought that tune-up would stick on Sunday," said Wilson. "It was just too aggressive for those conditions. It spun then shook pretty hard, and Shelly just drove away from me."
"That just goes to show you how important qualifying position is," Wilson continued. "You really need to qualify in the top of the field so you don't have to run a Top 5 caliber car like Shelly in the first round, and you can somewhat get a tune-up for Sunday. That was a big key to our success in 2000 when we won the Division 3 Championship, qualifying well. It just goes to show you that every run counts."
The next event for the ABC/Starcon team will be at Edgewater Sports Park just outside of Cleveland, Ohio.