Topeka: Jeff Wilson summary

Wilson suffers disappointing DNQ; testing shows promise. TOPEKA, Kan. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson suffered a disappointing nonqualifying effort during this past weekend's O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec...

Wilson suffers disappointing DNQ; testing shows promise.

TOPEKA, Kan. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson suffered a disappointing nonqualifying effort during this past weekend's O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. After rain shortened qualifying to only two sessions, the team stayed on Monday to test and found the results favorable.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., could only run a best elapsed time of 5.649 seconds at only 229.04 mph, missing the tough field by only .009 of a second. On Monday after the event, the team stayed and made five runs experimenting with different tune-ups for their new state-of-the-art Spitzer chassis, which is only in it's fourth race with Wilson's combination.

"We had motor problems on both passes," said Wilson. "On the second run, we were probably on a pretty good pass. We blew out an O-ring on the pressure side of the fuel pump, and pushed out a head gasket. We came up just a tad shy of making the field. When you get qualifying cut short, and you only get two shots, if you miss the tune-up, you don't make the field. We stayed over Monday, and tried to figure a few things out, and I think we did. We'll just have to see in Columbus."

The next stop for the ABC/Starcon team will be the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. Wilson and the team plan to apply the knowledge gained from testing there.

"The test was pretty good," stated Wilson. "We think we found part of our problem. We'll take what we learned there to Columbus, apply it, and see if it works."

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