Quarterfinal Finish for Tim Wilkerson in Phoenix

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Tim Wilkerson and the Maynard Wilkerson Racing Funny Car team battled tricky track conditions and some early-season gremlins throughout qualifying at the NHRA Arizona Nationals to place 10th on the Funny Car eliminations ladder. Wilkerson drew No. 7 qualifier Terry Haddock as his first-round competitor and led his opponent from start to finish to take the SCAG Power Equipment/Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang into the quarterfinal round.
Next up for Wilkerson was a match with Alexis DeJoria. The 22-time race winner lined up next to DeJoria and was eager to score his second win light of the day but his machine started hazing the tires near the 330-marker while DeJoria made a clean pass for the win in the opposite lane.
“Still sneaking up on my car,” said Wilkerson, the 2016 NHRA Arizona Nationals event champ. “It’s doing stuff to me that I don’t really like, and I don’t understand why it’s doing what it’s doing but I’m analyzing it and actually making it go here and there. It shouldn’t have done what it did in the second round so I’m trying to get to the bottom of that and we’ll see how it goes. We’ll try again next weekend.
“I did get to meet a lot of SCAG dealers and distributors this weekend and that was a lot of fun. We surely appreciate their support, and hopefully, we can put on a good show for them soon.”
The SCAG/LRS team will compete next at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., March 31 – April 2, where Wilkerson will be looking to capture his first In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip Wally trophy.
Qualified: No. 10 (4.228 E.T. at 231.04 MPH)
Elimination Round Results:
E1: 4.003 E.T. at 315.27 MPH defeated Terry Haddock 4.031 E.T. at 309.13 MPH
E2: 4.678 E.T. at 175.96 MPH defeated by Alexis DeJoria 3.949 E.T. at 323.35 MPH
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Funny Car Point Standings (Unofficial):1Robert Hight 1692Matt Hagan 1653Ron Capps 1574Alexis DeJoria 1545Chad Green 1496Bob Tasca III 1237J.R. Todd 1218John Force 979Blake Alexander 9110Tim Wilkerson 84

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