Chevy Impala SS/Tim Wilkerson Post-Race/NHRA Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, April 13, 2008 - With two No. 1 qualifying awards and a semifinal round appearance at Gainesville (Fla.), Tim Wilkerson has been pounding loudly on the winner's circle door this season in the Funny Car category. Today the Levi Ray & Shoup Chevy Impala SS driver knocked it completely down and captured his first victory in nearly five years by defeating Ashley Force in the final round. It was Chevrolet's third Funny Car victory this season in only five attempts.
"We've had a good car all year," Wilkerson said. "We've had some mechanical failures and I made some mistakes tuning the car at Houston when we put a hole out in the second round there against Del (Worsham), but he just had his stuff together and whooped me. But this is kind of cool for the single-car teams, don't you think? We have Tony Pedregon winning one, and me and Del, and I think that's really cool. The NHRA has done a really good job leveling the field, and the Chevy Impala, that body is really helping us out. That thing is the cat's meow when it comes to these bad tracks."
Pontiac GXP/Greg Stanfield/ProStock/Las Vegas Pre-Race
LAS VEGAS, April 13, 2008 - Greg Stanfield was looking to capture his first
career Pro Stock victory at the 9th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals,
but his Attitude Apparel Pontiac GXP came up a fraction of a second short
at the finish line. Stanfield qualified in the No. 8 spot and defeated Greg
Anderson in round one, pole-setter Kenny Koretsky in round two and Jim
Yates in the semifinals before facing Line in the title round.
The 42-year-old resident of Bossier City, La., was making his 5th career
final-round appearance in the Pro Stock category and his first since the
2007 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Stanfield's sterling effort
this weekend was his best yet this season and moves him up one spot in the
POWERade points standings from 10th place to ninth.
"It was an excellent weekend for us," Stanfield said. "The track was tricky
and that was the bottom line for us. Jason is a good racer and that's a
strong team. We got one of the Summit cars in the first round and came up a
little short in the finals -- I missed the tree in that last round. Right
now it's been tough for me to win one but we're not giving up. We're going
to get one of these.
"We were clicking today -- everything felt really good. The competition is
brutal out here and I'm just glad to be a part of it. There was no
guarantee we were going to get by anybody today, but we made four solid
runs, runs we can go back, look at and learn a lot from, and that in itself
is very satisfying. We'll go to Bristol and test and work on raceday stuff.
That's where the track changes so much that we don't have as good a handle
on it as we would like, but I like the way the car is running right now. We
were lacking a little bit, but this weekend was a big step in the right