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Tim Wilkerson

Tim Wilkerson Bio | Latest News


Category: Funny Car
2012 Car: Levi, Ray, & Shoup Shelby Mustang
Crew Chief: Tim Wilkerson
Team Owner: Tim Wilkerson
2012 wins/Final Rounds: 0/2
Career Wins/Final Rounds: 17/31
Best Points Finish: 2nd (2008)
First Start: Gainesville 1996
First victory: Chicago 1999
First No. 1 Qualifier: St. Louis 1998
Career Number One Qualifiers: 16
Career-Best Elapsed Time 1/4 mile: 4.027 seconds
Career-Best 1000 Feet: 4.052 seconds
Career-Best Top Speed 1/4 mile: 330.47 MPH
Career-Best Top Speed 1000 feet: 310.13 MPH


Residence: Springfield, IL
Hometown: Springfield, IL
Birth Date: December 29, 1960
Wife: Kristina
Sons: Daniel (4/2/88) and Kevin (1/15/90)
Daughter: Rachel (10/18/91)
Hobbies: Fishing and hunting, collecting and restoring classic cars
Notable: Seventh Funny Car driver to break the four-second barrier


2012: Finished 8th in Funny Car points standings. Made fifth appearance in Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Had two runner-up finishes (Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, U.S. Nationals). Had one Number One qualifier (Carolina Nationals).

2010: Won three events in four final round appearances. Posted 10th place in Top 10 points standings. Made his third appearance in the Countdown to 1 playoffs

2009: Won two events in three final round appearances. Made his second appearance in the Countdown to 1 playoffs

2008:  Enjoyed his best season on record with six wins in seven final round appearances. Entered Countdown to the Championship playoffs first in the point standings. Finished second in the Top 10 points standings

  Qualified Number 1 twice (Bristol, Dallas), the first since Brainerd 2004. Advanced to four semifinals, including two of the last three races. Advanced out of the first round at five of the last eight races

2006: Qualified for 16 of 23 events. Advanced to the quarterfinals at Englishtown and Brainerd

2005: One final round appearance (St. Louis); Qualified for final 22 events
Finished 11th in the point standings

2004: Won two events for second consecutive season. Qualified Number One at Gainesville and Brainerd. Finished seventh in Top 10 points standings. Established career-best for top speed (323.75 mph) and elimination rounds won (23)

2003: Won U.S. Nationals. Qualified Number One at Pomona and Denver. Finished seventh in Top 10 points standings. Highest round-win total (19) since 1998

2002: Finished 12th in the points standings despite missing seven national events. Qualified for every event entered. Advanced to the semifinals a career-high five times

2000: Competed in limited schedule while fufilling duties as team owner, driver and crew chief

1999: Won first national event in a tire-smoking battle with John Force (Chicago.; Drove half the season for John Costanza

1998: Career-high NHRA points finish, Qualified Number 1 at Indianapolis

1997: Runner-up at Indianapolis in first career final round

1996: Became the seventh Funny Car driver to break the four-second barrier

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