Tim Wilkerson NHRA Houston Pre-Race Package

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Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang

Car No.: FC5
Current points position: No. 7

Notes:
• Tim Wilkerson won the 2004 NHRA SpringNationals with a final-round defeat of Jerry Toliver
• Wilkerson has been on an upswing recently and reached the final round at the most recent two races. He was the No. 1 qualifier last weekend in Las Vegas.
• Team Summit driver Wilkerson, the driver, tuner, and team owner of the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Funny Car, is an independent driver and the only single-car team in the category to finish in the top 10 in 2018
• The NHRA SpringNationals will be the 498th race of Wilkerson’s career as a nitro Funny Car driver. Race 500 will be the event in Atlanta next month.
• The early portion of Wilkerson’s career included a successful run as a Top Alcohol Funny Car driver. He earned eight division trophies, one national event win, and was the Division 3 Top Alcohol Funny Car champ in both 1994 and 1995 in the Lucas Oil Series before stepping up to the Pro ranks in Gainesville in 1996.

Quotes:
“I think it’s good we get to go again so quick. We learned what we wanted to with our blowers last weekend in Vegas, and Richard [Hartman, Team LRS] and I have a plan to get them more similar that we’re real excited about. We have a good car with our Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang, and I think you’ll see us climbing the ladder in points. I believe we can keep this up, and that’s good because there are a lot of good cars. It’s going to be a dogfight out there. You better have your stuff together, or you’re going to be on the outside looking in when it comes down to the Countdown to the Championship.”

Wilkerson in Houston
1 win in 3 Houston final rounds
Runner-up 2016 (Courtney Force)
Runner-up 2013 (Cruz Pedregon)
Won 2004 (defeated Jerry Toliver)
No. 1 in Houston in 2016
At Houston in 2018: Qualified No. 6, semifinals

Wilkerson’s Career Stats
(through 2019 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas)
No. 7 in nitro Funny Car standings
497 races
20 wins
23 runner-up finishes
43 nitro Funny Car final rounds
19 No. 1 qualifier awards
Career best e.t.: 3.844 (2017 Phoenix)
Career best speed: 333.74 (2016 Topeka)

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Standings
(after the NHRA Vegas Four-Wide Nationals, race 4 of 24)

1. Robert Hight (2), 363
2. Jack Beckman, 297
3. Tommy Johnson Jr., 283
4. J.R. Todd (1), 280
5. Matt Hagan (1), 271
6. John Force, 258
7. Tim Wilkerson, 246
8. Ron Capps, 205
9. Bob Tasca III, 198
10. Cruz Pedregon, 179

Race Info
Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Friday, April 12
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman qualifying
3:30 p.m. – Pro Mod Series qualifying session 1
4:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 1
6:15 p.m. – Pro Mod Series qualifying session 2
7:15 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 2

Saturday, April 13
8:00 a.m. – Lucas Oil Series Sportsman eliminations
1:30 p.m. – Pro Mod Series qualifying session 3
2:30 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 3
4:00 p.m. – Pro Mod Series qualifying session 4
5:00 p.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro qualifying session 4

Sunday, April 14
10:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Qualifying / Friday – 9:30 PM-11 PM ET / FS1
Qualifying / Sunday – 2-3 PM ET / FS1
Finals / Sunday – 3-5 PM ET / FOX
#NHRAin60 / Sunday – 6-7 PM ET / FS1

*Find detailed results at DragRaceCentral.com*

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