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NHRA Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
(April 6-9)

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Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang

Wilkerson looks for a little Las Vegas luck

Las Vegas, prerace: Not qualifying at the past two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events does not make Funny Car veteran, Tim Wilkerson a very happy racer. Wilkerson drives and tunes the Levi, Ray & Shoup Monte Carlo and is accustom to qualifying and being a competitor on race day. So, going home early is not the norm for the talented Wilkerson and his team. Obviously, Wilk wants this nonsense to end, and his plan is for it to end this weekend at the Seventh running of the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Wilkerson has done his homework, talked to many experts and has concluded that he needs to begin his change with the clutch. So, he has put together a new clutch program that he hopes will help him get a handle on his 7000 horsepower monster, and aimed in the right direction. The only problem is that he wasn't able to get the needed parts in time for this weekend's action.

"We've decided to change the program in our clutch," said Wilkerson. "This motor makes so much more power than we did last year, that it's not acting the same. It doesn't make any sense, the car goes slower but it makes more power. You can see that the car has plenty of power by the way it ran the first couple of runs in the beginning of the year. The problem is that when the clutch and motor aren't together, it make the clutch look like a donkey. The clutch can handle what is going on, but when I put more clutch in it to make it go, it smokes the tires. So, we think it's just an issue of how it's being applied.

"We've ordered some different parts for it, and I really think it's going to help our plight. We scrambled to try to get things put together, but we won't have them in time for this weekend. So, we're going to have to use what we have and make it work for us. Plus, we could use a little Las Vegas luck."


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