Fresh From Win In Phoenix - Wilkerson Hopes To Keep Momentum Going In Gainesville


SPRINGFIELD, Ill (March 17, 2016) – Tim Wilkerson comes into the 2016 NHRA Gatornationals fresh from a victory in Phoenix and hopes to keep the momentum going by putting the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang in the Winner’s Circle again.  While most people would feel the pressure coming into a race as a champion and No. 6 in points, Wilkerson said there are no concerns for him.

“I have a 24 hour rule. No matter if we win or lose, 24 hours later it doesn’t matter and we are starting with a clean slate,” said Wilkerson.

Wilkerson will have a large cheering section this weekend Gainesville Raceway. His sponsor, Diversified Yacht Services, is based in Southwest Florida and his team is expecting to host more than 200 guests over the weekend. Diversified Yacht Services is also owned by primary sponsor, Dick Levi. This company offers Comprehensive Services for yachts of all sizes and has been in business for more than 15 years.

“This is my 17th year with Dick and Levi, Ray & Shoup,” said Wilkerson. “Dick and I have a great relationship and we try to have fun when he comes to the track to watch us race. I definitely want to look good for him and all his employees. We want to be back in the Winner’s Circle raising the Wally for Diversified Yacht Services.”

While there was talk of Wilkerson running a new style of chassis built by master car builder Murph McKinney this weekend, he has decided to stay with the car he lovingly calls “Bessie.”

“We’re going to run my girl Bessie one more time. But we do have the new chassis in the trailer and we hope to get some test runs in on Monday,” explained Wilkerson. “This new car has a whole new fuel system and it doesn’t act the same as the other car. My co-crew chief Richard Hartman and I want to get a handle on this new set-up before putting it into competition.”

The NHRA Gatornationals will air on FOX Sports 1. An hour of qualifying coverage will air Friday night at 9 p.m. EST and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. EST. On Sunday, FOX Sports 1 presents live coverage of eliminations starting at 1 p.m. EST.

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