Norwalk, Ohio (June 26, 2016) – After three weeks of racing a borrowed car, Tim Wilkerson brought back his 2016 Murf McKinney Nitro Funny Car for the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals.
Wilkerson qualified No. 9 with a 3.968 E.T. at 323.74 mph in the Ford Mustang Shelby Mustang. In round one Wilkerson was matched up against No. 8 qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr. It was a very close race with Wilkerson running 3.991/322.34 but Johnson made it to the finish line first with a 3.984/317.72. The difference was about half a car length.
“We had some new car blues – or should we say rebuilt car blues. The first couple runs the systems didn’t work correctly and it took me in between rounds to figure out what went wrong,” Wilkerson said. “The car threw us some good bones on Saturday and Sunday made a damn nice run, we just got thru the clutch a little bit earlier and ended up getting beat. We got beat by the better car. We had a good race, just the wrong end of it.”
Wilkerson remains in the top ten of the NHRA Mello Yello Championship Point Standing, grabbing the No. 7 position after 12 of 24 races in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
The next race for Wilkerson is the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago July 10 - 12, which is the home race for the Springfield, Illinois native. While the race is less than 2 weeks away, Wilkerson and his crew won’t have any time off.
“I don’t think we’re going to have much of a break. We have another new body that’s done and we’re going to get it painted,” said Wilkerson. “We have a lot to do before heading to the Route 66 Nationals.”
And for those wondering about Wilkerson’s old car “Bessie,” she will be back in Chicago with her new owner Brian Stewart behind the wheel.
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