WILK VOTES WITH THE MAJORITY AND SMOKES THE TIRES 19 Funny Cars made qualifying attempts here in Pomona on Thursday, and 14 of those teams went back to their pits grumbling about incomplete laps. Whether it was early shake or mid-track smoke,...
WILK VOTES WITH THE MAJORITY AND SMOKES THE TIRES
19 Funny Cars made qualifying attempts here in Pomona on Thursday, and 14 of those teams went back to their pits grumbling about incomplete laps. Whether it was early shake or mid-track smoke, the tricky surface gave up little in Q1, although championship contender Matt Hagan made the most of his run by leaping up to the No. 1 spot, which earned him three precious bonus points in his fight to hold off John Force for the crown.
Tim Wilkerson's Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang lost traction early, as part of the larger group who didn't make it from A to B. His 8.724-second run left him well down the list and outside the top 12, meaning he has no official time for Thursday. For the record, he made the 17th-quickest lap in Q1.
"Well, either that track wasn't as good as we all thought it was going to be or a whole bunch of us got pretty dumb overnight," Wilkerson said. "This track is usually so good it will hold low 4's but Hagan was low with a 4.13 and most of the rest of us couldn't do anything. We just need to get a better feel for what the track will hold tomorrow, and since we run after Top Fuel we'll get a chance to watch them, so we'll pay attention up there.
"This is the one part of the Pomona schedule I don't like, because now we have to wait a whole day to run again, instead of having a chance to go right back up there. It's just the way it is, though, and we're all in the same boat so we'll make the best of it. Tonight, we're part of the Summit Racing National Champions banquet over at the museum, so my plan is to go over there and enjoy the evening with some fantastic sportsman racers. They're good people and it's a lot of fun."