Wilkerson eager to go rounds in new LRS Mustang at Virginia Motorsports Park

Second annual Virginia NHRA NationalsDINWIDDIE, Va. (May 18, 2019) – Nitro Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson had the honor of debuting a brand new 2019 Ford Mustang Funny Car body before qualifying for the NHRA Virginia Nationals. The beautiful Mustang is detailed with a brilliant, colorful Levi, Ray and Shoup 40th anniversary scheme, and Wilkerson would love to put it in the winner’s circle on Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park.

In qualifying, the veteran driver worked to learn the personality of his new ride and put up a best time of 4.029-second at 310.05 mph for the No. 12 position.

Saturday was highlighted by the fact that Wilkerson’s 40th anniversary LRS Mustang was awarded NHRA’s Best Appearing Car trophy. The head-turning didn’t stop there, though. In the final qualifying round, Wilkerson’s gorgeous new car was uninjured despite a ton of smoke billowing from beneath the body at the top end.

“It looks like it must have stuck a piston down there close to the finish line. It had a hole out, and then it broke a rod on deceleration. We haven’t done that in a long time, and that was painful,” explained Wilkerson, who will race Shawn Langdon in round one on Sunday.

“We’re running okay, though. We want to be faster; we just haven’t found the get up and go yet, but we’ll figure that out. I’m going to spend some time up there on staring at the data, and we’ll be good for tomorrow. If we can make it run as good as it looks, we’ll be okay.”

Tim Wilkerson
Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang
Results:
Q1: 4.745-second at 171.86 mph (No. 10)
Q2: 4.029, 310.05 (No. 12)
Q3: 4.490, 199.08 (No. 12)
Q4: 4.056, 302.69 (No. 12)

Round one opponent: Shawn Langdon

2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Standings
(after NHRA Virginia Nationals qualifying, race 8 of 24)

1. Robert Hight (3), 697
2. Matt Hagan (1), 506
3. John Force, 504
4. J.R. Todd (1), 496
5. Tommy Johnson Jr., 487
6. Ron Capps (1), 473
7. Tim Wilkerson, 463
8. Jack Beckman, 457
9. Shawn Langdon (1), 384
10. Bob Tasca III, 369

Race Info
Virginia NHRA Nationals
Virginia Motorsports Park
Richmond (Dinwiddie), Virginia
May 17-19, 2019

Run Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, May 19
11:00 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies
12:00 noon – Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro eliminations begin,
eliminations for all categories continue

#NHRAonFOX Television Schedule (all times ET)
Finals / Sunday – 7:30-10:30 PM ET / FS1

**Full results posted at DragRaceCentral.com**

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