WILKERSON, SCHUMACHER, KORETSKY CLAIM PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOTS LAS VEGAS -- Tim Wilkerson looked primed to earn his third No. 1 qualifier of the season during the opening day of qualifying at the ninth annual SummitRacing.com NHRA ...
WILKERSON, SCHUMACHER, KORETSKY CLAIM PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOTS
LAS VEGAS -- Tim Wilkerson looked primed to earn his third No. 1 qualifier of the season during the opening day of qualifying at the ninth annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.
Wilkerson piloted his Levi Ray & Shoup Chevy Impala SS to a 4.850-second pass at 318.24 mph to become the provisional top qualifier. It will be his 13th career No. 1 and his first in Las Vegas if the run remains the best after two qualifying sessions on Saturday.
"I think it's got a little more in it," Wilkerson said. "I didn't think the 4.850 would stay low. The track is just a little tricky."
The SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals is the fifth of 24 events in the NHRA POWERade Series.
Tony Schumacher drove his U.S. Army dragster to a 4.510 at 328.38 provisional low qualifying effort for what may be his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 48th of his career.
"Alan Johnson is a true master," said Schumacher of his crew chief. "A No.1 qualifying spot? That car doesn't care...but it gives us a few points and we're just trying to stay ahead. Right now I've got guys bunched up behind me (in the points)...Alan has a purpose for every run. We know exactly what the car will do from the data. He's a true genius."
Kenny Koretsky drove his Nitro Fish/Indicom Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.724 at 204.05 for the provisional top spot in Pro Stock. It will be his first career No. 1 qualifier.
"Well, that's what happens when you have a good motor," Koretsky said. "I think tomorrow it's going to get a little hotter outside. I have to give a lot of credit to my crew chief (Eddie Guarnaccia). We're working on a new motor combination. We've been working on it all year and we finally have it figured out."