Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals
Wilkerson takes it to the semifinals
In the first-round Wilkerson posted the second quickest run of the round and the fastest of the event. His impressive 4.100 at 303.37 mph easily stopped Gary Scelzi and his 4.227 at 295.98 mph. In the second round Wilkerson went up against the No. 1 qualifier, Ashley Force. Force was the quickest of the first-round and had lane choice. As the two cars rolled up to the starting line her crew chief exercised his lane choice right and switched lanes. This didnít faze Wilkerson because he knew he made equally good runs yesterday in both lanes. The lane switch didnít help Force as Wilkersonís bracket car continued its march sending her home with his 4.113 against her 4.153. For the semifinal round Wilkerson faced Gary Densham, another independent, single car team that is also having an outstanding season. Today, Densham continued his charge and denied Wilkerson of his fifth win of the season by beating Wilk on a holeshot. Densham had a three hundreds of a second starting line advantage and beat Wilkersonís 4.23 with his slower 4.24.
ďIíd say our car is back,Ē said Wilkerson. ďItís showing signs of coming around and acting like it used to. Itís good in middle of the track which is what weíve been trying to get back. Weíre proud of our first two runs today. We couldnít have asked for a better car. Of course, Iím beating myself up over our run against
Wilkerson still has a strong hold on the points lead as he puts a close on the Western Swing and looks forward to expanding his lead at the three remaining races before the Countdown to the Championship points are reset after the running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
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