POMONA, Calif. (Feberuary 9, 2019) – Tim Wilkerson and his Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang are raring to go for the first raceday of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Wilkerson, the team owner, tuner, and driver of the camp’s nitro Funny Car, worked through first-race kinks to come out in the No. 14 position and schedule a first-round meeting with Tommy Johnson Jr.
Wilk’s best time of qualifying was a 4.120-second pass at 251.95 mph, and he claimed a bonus qualifying point in the final session as one of the only cars to make it down a tough racetrack.
“We had some small issues, and, like usual, we were using Saturday to test a few new things,” said Wilkerson, who is competing in his 20th anniversary year with sponsor Levi, Ray and Shoup. “We came back after each run and worked on what had given us trouble, and we’re moving along. I really feel like we’ll have something for them tomorrow, because it’s really fast.
“I may go back to my old ways for Sunday and run like I normally do rather than continue with the new things we’ve been working on, but everything is working really well. I’m real happy about the thing, and the team is doing good. The car looks good, and it’s all pretty snazzy. I’m excited.”
Eliminations for the 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals will begin on Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PT.
LEVI, RAY AND SHOUP FORD MUSTANG
Final qualifying position: No. 14
Q1: 7.228-second at 83.49 mph
Q2: 4.120, 251.95
Q3: 5.380, 119.72
Q4: 4.683, 170.26 (+1 bonus point)
Tim Wilkerson vs. Tommy Johnson Jr.
59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
February 7-10, 2019
Run Schedule (all times PT)
Sunday, February 10
11am – Eliminations#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule
Finals / Sunday – 5-8 PM ET / FS1
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**Full results posted throughout the weekend at DragRaceCentral.com**
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver photos: NHRA
– Tim Wilkerson, 20x NHRA Nitro Funny Car Winner –