BAYTOWN, Texas (October 25, 2020) – The Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang nitro Funny Car had a not-great day on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, and Tim Wilkerson is ready to make it right on Sunday. Wilkerson will be starting from the No. 12 position and will begin his day with a first-round meeting with Alexis DeJoria.
“We just had motor problems all day today,” said Wilkerson, who clocked a 4.291-second pass at 225.71 mph in the first session and then a disappointing 7.461 in the later round of qualifying. “We hurt the motor the first run, had a hole out, and it hurt a piston in it. Second run there, I think I just had it too tuned up.”
The season is drawing to a close, and this event at Houston Raceway Park is the second-to-last of the year. Wilkerson is eager to get a win before the year is done, and the team owner/driver/tuner knows he has the car to do it. In the nine races so far contested this year, Wilk has reached the semifinals twice and logged a runner-up finish (in Gainesville). He’s qualified in the top half five times and qualified third or better three times.
“That’s great, but we need to win some rounds,” he said determinedly. “I’ve got a lot of maintenance to do tonight, but as soon as I can get that behind me, I’ll sit up there and stare at [the data]. I’m going to figure out what I’m doing right and wrong and go from there. We have some strange power here because it’s a sea level track, and it’s more dicey than what we’re used to. But I take this personal. We’ll get it figured out.
Eliminations for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals will begin at 10am CT on Sunday, October 25, 2020.
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
Q1: 4.291-second at 225.71 mph (No. 9)
Q2: 7.461, 90.91 (No. 12)
First-round opponent: Alexis DeJoria2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Funny Standings
(after qualifying for the NHRA SpringNationals)
1. Matt Hagan, 802
2. Jack Beckman, 799
3. Tommy Johnson Jr., 720
4. Ron Capps, 619
5. Bob Tasca III, 575
6. Tim Wilkerson, 570
7. J.R. Todd, 564
8. Alexis DeJoria, 449
9. Paul Lee, 382
10. Cruz Pedregon, 368Race Info
33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Houston Raceway Park
October 23-25, 2020Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, October 25
10am – Camping World Drag Racing Series eliminations begin,
eliminations for all other categories continue#NHRAonFOX Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Sunday – 9-11 AM ET / FS1
Eliminations / Sunday – 2-5 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