LONG DAY, LITTLE ACCOMPLISHED, BIG STORMS, WILK 10th Tim Wilkerson joined the rest of the midwestern NHRA racing community spending a long day at the race track on Friday, keeping an eye on the weather and being thankful even one session was ...
LONG DAY, LITTLE ACCOMPLISHED, BIG STORMS, WILK 10th
Tim Wilkerson joined the rest of the midwestern NHRA racing community spending a long day at the race track on Friday, keeping an eye on the weather and being thankful even one session was completed. The second session was in the midst of the pro classes, with Pro Stock on the track, when major weather finally arrived after having been obviously close for quite some time.
In the first session, 15 of the 16 Funny Cars on site took to the track and only three managed full competitive laps. Wilkerson's Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang was not one of those three, as he aborted his run early and posted a pedestrian 7.970 at a speed barely capable of bothering a police officer on the freeway, clocking in at 85.47 mph. Despite those slow numbers, Wilk ended up in the 10th spot after one session.
"We were lucky to get that one session in, to be honest with you," Wilkerson said. "When weather is coming, you just have to go about your work and assume it won't wash you out, because it can be late or miss you altogether just as easily as it can hit you. So, we came back and serviced the car, got it ready to go, and we were even in the staging lanes for the next lap when the lightning started flashing and the first drops fell. We knew once it started it wasn't going to stop, so we headed back to the pit and battened down the hatches.
"Like most teams, we have guys on iPhones and laptops, and there are some other teams with some sophisticated weather stations, but we must've spent 45 minutes there when every radar screen was showing that it was raining on us. The trouble was, it wasn't, so we didn't know what to believe. Once it started, we just put everything away and then it started to get pretty crazy around here. All we can do is hunker down to wait this out, because there are tornado warnings out all over the place, and things are pretty nasty all around the St. Louis area."
The forecast for Saturday is much improved, so barring any damage at the race track on Friday night, things are scheduled to go on as scheduled Saturday.