Tim Wilkerson Racing Pre Race Package: NHRA Arizona Nationals

Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals
Photo credit: Auto Imagery

35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Phoenix
2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Race 2

Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang
Car No.: FC5

Story Lines:
• Tim Wilkerson set his career best elapsed time in Phoenix in 2017 with a 3.844-second pass in the first round of eliminations
• Wilk won the race at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in 2016
• Springfield, Illinois-based Wilkerson, the driver, tuner, and team owner of the LRS Funny Car, is an independent driver and single-car team
• His son, Daniel Wilkerson, is crew chief for Funny Car team owner and driver Blake Alexander

Quotes:
“I did a lot of studying after Pomona, and we’re going to try our best not to have those same issues in Phoenix. I think I have a good game plan, but you just don’t know until you hit the gas. Anyhow, we’ve shaken off what happened at the first race, and we’re excited to get to Phoenix. We did some testing there, and it went well. We might have started the year with a couple of mishaps, but that’s not going to be the story of our season.”

Wilkerson in Phoenix
1 win in 1 final round in Phoenix
Won 2016 (defeated John Force)
No. 1 in 2008
Here last season: Qualified No. 15, first round

Career Stats through 2019 NHRA Winternationals
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race 1 of 24
Tied for No. 10 in Funny Car standings
494 races
20 wins
22 runner-up finishes
42 overall final rounds
19 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 3.844 (2017 Phoenix)
Career best speed: 333.74 (2016 Topeka)

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Funny Car Standings
(after Pomona Winternationals, race 1 of 24)

1. Robert Hight (1), 121
2. Jack Beckman, 100
3. Tommy Johnson Jr., 81
4. John Force, 71
5. Shawn Langdon, 58
6. Ron Capps, 57
7. Bob Tasca III, 55
8. Cruz Pedregon, 54
Matt Hagan, 37
10t. Gary Densham, 32
10t. Tim Wilkerson, 32
10t. J.R. Todd, 32
10t. Jim Campbell, 32
10t. Frank Pedregon, 32

Race Info
35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Phoenix
February 22-24, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, February 22
8:00 a.m. – Sportsman qualifying
1:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 1
4:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, February 23
8:00 a.m. – Sportsman eliminations
1:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 3
4:30 p.m. – Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, February 24
11:00 a.m. – Eliminations

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 11 PM-Midnight ET / FS1
Qualifying / Saturday – 7-8 PM ET / FS1
Nitro Finals / Sunday – 6-8 PM ET / FS1
Pro Stock Finals / Tuesday, February 26 – 9-10 PM ET / FS1

*Find event results at DragRaceCentral.com*

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