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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
August 15-18, 2019
Funny Car event 17 of 24

Tim Wilkerson

Tim Wilkerson

Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang

Car No.: FC5
Current points position: No. 10

Event-Specific Notes:

  • Tim Wilkerson and the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Funny Car crew have one previous Brainerd final round. They were runner-up there in 2003 to Gary Densham.
  • Wilkerson enters the event No. 10 in the Funny Car standings with two races to go before the Countdown to the Championship field is set

Driver Notes:

  • Wilkerson was in the final at Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Atlanta this year. He was the No. 1 qualifier in Las Vegas.
  • Team Summit driver Wilkerson, the driver, tuner, and team owner of the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Funny Car, is an independent driver and the only single-car team in the category to finish in the top 10 in 2018
  • The early portion of Wilkerson’s career included a successful run as a Top Alcohol Funny Car driver. He earned eight division trophies, one national event win, and was the Division 3 Top Alcohol Funny Car champ in both 1994 and 1995 in the Lucas Oil Series before stepping up to the Pro ranks in Gainesville in 1996.

Wilkerson in Brainerd
1 final round
Runner-up in 2003 (Gary Densham)
No. 1 qualifier in 2004
Last year: Qualified No. 4; second round

Wilkerson’s career stats through 2019 NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
(most recent event)
509 races
20 wins
24 runner-up finishes
44 final rounds
20 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 3.844 (2017 Phoenix)
Career best speed: 333.74 (2016 Topeka)

Quote:
“We had the opportunity to match race at Summit Motorsports Park for their Night Under Fire event last weekend, and we had a great time. The fans there are great, and it kind of reminds you of Brainerd – so much support there from those folks, year after year. Our goal this weekend is to get back to going down the racetrack. I really like BIR; it’s a unique place, and after the Western Swing where you’re going, going, going, it’s just a fun deal.”

mello yello 182019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Standings
(after NHRA Northwest Nationals, race 16 of 24)

1. Robert Hight (5), 1341*
2. John Force (1), 1155*
3. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2), 1117*
4. Ron Capps (2), 1057
5. Jack Beckman, 1039
6. Bob Tasca III (2), 985
7. Matt Hagan (2), 965
8. J.R. Todd (1), 949
9. Shawn Langdon (1), 840
10. Tim Wilkerson, 792
11. Cruz Pedregon, 650

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

lucas oil nationalsRace Info
38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 15-18, 2019brainerd logo 19Run Schedule (all times local)
Thursday, August 15
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin

Friday, August 16
9:15 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations begin
2:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
5:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations continue
1:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continuefox logo 18#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 7-9 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 11 PM-12 AM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 2-5 PM ET / FS1

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**Full results posted throughout the weekend at DragRaceCentral.com**

Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver Photo: NHRA

– Tim Wilkerson, 20x NHRA Nitro Funny Car Winner –

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