MADISON, Ill. (October 4, 2020) – After qualifying so well at Gainesville Raceway last weekend, Tim Wilkerson and his Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang nitro Funny Car team were on fire to get to St. Louis and do it again. What they didn’t anticipate, though, was a day full of delays and only a single qualifying pass on a very cool racetrack deep into the evening.
Wilk qualified in the No. 10 spot on a run that barely got him past go, and he will race J.R. Todd in the first round on Sunday.
The racing surface appeared to have lost its “sticky” as the cars before him ate away at it.
“It just got dry there,” said Wilkerson. “People running over it, smoking the tires, pulled up all the glue. On the starting line, it just wasn’t tacky. Daniel being the first pair, it really helped his cause.”
Wilkerson’s son, Daniel, driving a second Ford Mustang for the team, was No. 4 qualifier on a 4.389-second pass.
“We’ll start from scratch tomorrow, and we didn’t do much good today, but I’m pretty happy with Dan’s car,” said Wilkerson. “Anyhow, we’ll see. It’s the same for everybody; we were all kind of in the same boat today. It’s anybody’s race tomorrow – hopefully, it’s ours.”
Eliminations for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals will begin at 10am CT on Sunday, October 4, 2020.
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
Q1: 7.985-second at 149.96 mph
First-round opponent: J.R. Todd2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Standings
(after the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals)
1. Jack Beckman, 569
2. Matt Hagan, 565
3. Tommy Johnson Jr., 512
4. Ron Capps, 486
5. Tim Wilkerson, 448
6. Bob Tasca III, 434
7. J.R. Todd, 420
8. Alexis DeJoria, 296
9. Cruz Pedregon, 266
10. Paul Lee, 258Race Info
9th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil
World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, Ill. (St. Louis)
October 2-4, 2020Run Schedule (all times CT)
Sunday, October 4
11am – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue
#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 1:30-2:30 PM ET / FS1
Eliminations / Sunday – 2:30-5:30 PM ET / FS1
**Full results at DragRaceCentral.com**
– Tim Wilkerson, 20x NHRA Nitro Funny Car Winner –
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery, Driver photo courtesy of NHRA