Tim Wilkerson reached the final round of the 50th Annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.
Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car moves up five notches in the Funny Car points standings to sixth place.
In Round One of eliminations, Wilkerson faced Dave Richards. Although both drivers had tire smoke, Wilkerson took the win with a 4.759 second/231.48 MPH pass over Richards’ 5.240/213.43. In Round Two, Wilk beat Cruz Pedregon, 3.872/329.50 to 8.110/84.77.
Wilkerson defeated Jack Beckman in the semifinals, 3.896/329.02 to 4.211/267.27.
In Wilkerson’s final round appearance against Robert Hight, his car succumbed to tire smoke giving Hight the win, 3.867/331.61 to Wilk’s 11.165/324.12.
“Our car is responding well, and the crew is great,” said Wilkerson. “It’s been a good day. We’re optimistic about how the car is running, and we’ll see if I can pull the monster back because it’s fast.”
Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson had one of the fastest cars of the weekend, qualifying second.
He also recorded Low Elapsed Time in Round One of eliminations with a 6.504/212.69 pass, beating Alan Prusiensky’s 6.625/208.07.
In Round Two, Anderson had the quickest car of the round, and top speed of race day. But Alex Laughlin took the win on the holeshot with a .021 second reaction time and 6.507/211.00 pass to Anderson’s .055 RT and 6.506/213.16.
“My car showed a lot of potential this weekend, and made a lot of gains this week,” said Anderson.
Anderson had hoped to win for his father, Rod Anderson, who passed away one week ago at the age of 85. He may not have taken the trophy, but Anderson reached the milestone of earning 800 round wins—the most of any active Pro Stock driver.
Anderson is currently 11th in the Pro Stock Points standings.
Jason Line had the third-quickest pass during Round One eliminations with a 6.527/212.39, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Alex Laughlin’s 6.512/210.83.
“It was a good weekend overall for KB Racing with Bo’s win and for Greg to show so much improvement, but we struggled with my car,” said Line. “We’re not afraid of hard work, so we’ll get home and get to it. We expect to be better in Vegas.”
Line is currently third in the Pro Stock points standings.
Jason Line had top speed of the weekend, and qualified third at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler, Arizona.
In Round One of eliminations, Line beat Alan Prusiensky with a 6.548 second/211.10 MPH pass to Prusiensky’s 6.637/206.13.
In Round Two, Line faced Erica Enders, with Enders taking the win 6.552/210.28 to 6.605/190.67.
“The second round didn’t go as planned,” said Line. “Now we focus on the next race. We’ve got some work to do before Gainesville, so it’s good to have a little bit of time to work on things.”
Greg Anderson experienced tire shake in Round One of eliminations. Jeg Coughlin got the win, 6.568/210.90 to 20.633/48.17.
“We’ve had our share of bad breaks. Hopefully that’s all out of the way,” said Anderson. “We’ll be testing before Gainesville, making sure we have everything right. Better days are ahead.”
Tim Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car, qualified third for the weekend, with only two qualifying sessions allotted due to weather.
In Round One of eliminations, Wilk had a troubled start at the tree, with Jack Beckman winning, 3.901/327.03 to 4.736/168.41.
Wilkerson thinks a new helmet visor was the problem. “I got up there and couldn’t see Jack turn his top bulb on, and I didn’t see when I turned both bulbs on,” said Wilkerson.
“Before, I had my clear visor on. It worked fine with this new helmet. But today [eliminations] I used a yellow visor—the first time I tried this one. I’ll have to try it somewhere else in qualifying to see if that’s what happened.”
Jason Line drove his brand new silver Summit Racing Camaro to a final round finish at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, in Pomona, California.
Line defeated KB Racing teammate Fernando Cuadra in Round One of eliminations with a 6.536 second/211.93 MPH pass to Cuadra’s tire shaking 28.385/29.30. In Round Two, Line defeated Steve Graham, 6.531/212.03 to 6.602/209.69.
In the semifinals against Alex Laughlin, Line took the win on the holeshot with a .018 second reaction time and a 6.527/211.13 pass to his opponent’s .055 RT, 6.527/211.66.
In the final round Line faced KB teammate Bo Butner, guaranteeing KB their 150th Pro Stock win. However, Line experienced engine trouble and Butner took the win with a 6.522/211.59 pass to Line’s 7.160/148.58.
“It was a good feeling to win the semifinals and know that KB Racing was going to get a win no matter what happened,” said Line. “I was really hoping to be able to put this new car in the winner’s circle, but I’m happy for Bo. We’ll get our win with the Silver Summit Chevy soon.”
Greg Anderson went up against Chris McGaha in Round One of elimination, with McGaha taking the win 7.946/165.09 to Anderson’s car-troubled 27.866/51.48 pass.
“I didn’t do so well today. A few of us had some trouble, but you know, it was still a good day for drag racing. We had two KB Racing cars in the final and that’s a good feeling.”
Tim Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car, faced Tommy Johnson Jr. in Round One of eliminations. Wilke’s day was cut short when his car succumbed to tire shake, with Johnson Jr. taking the win, 4.193/288.33 to 5.822/121.03.
“That was straight-up tire shake,” said Wilkerson. “You just have to shake it off and try again.”
Summit Racing has gone full Pro Mod—the company is now the title sponsor of the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) for the 2019 race season. The sponsorship is an extension of the relationship that began when Summit Racing became the primary sponsor for MWPMS series founder Keith Haney’s CAR at three NHRA Pro Mod events in 2018.
KB Racing, home of the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stockers driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line, will gain a fresh perspective with the addition of Pro Stock veteran Dave Connolly for the 2019 season of NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Connolly, who most recently tuned Tanner Gray to the 2018 Pro Stock championship, will join the KB Racing ‘brain trust’ and work side-by-side with crew chief Rob Downing.
In addition to Anderson and Line, KB Racing includes the Chevys campaigned by 2017 Pro Stock champion Bo Butner, Deric Kramer, and Fernando Cuadra. All told, KB Racing has a total of eight Mello Yello Series championships and 149 Pro Stock event wins.
"Our team is a little different than most of the others in that we operate as one group with everyone working on the same thing," explained Downing. "Dave will be working with me, Greg, and Jason, and we'll be working together to make all of the KB Racing cars perform as well as possible. It will be just like it has been, only with an additional person."
We’re happy to announce that Summit Racing will be the title sponsor for the American Endurance Racing (AER) 2019 season.
“AER is well-known as ‘the racers choice’ because of its commitment to safety on the track and having the most green-flag racing of any series today,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Equipment’s Motorsports and Event Manager.
“Summit Racing Equipment is the ideal title sponsor for AER,” said John Kolesa, President of American Endurance Racing. “It will provide all of our racers with access to the best equipment and experts in the industry, enabling them to compete at the highest levels of endurance racing”
Take one 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera. Add in an American V8 transplant, a Japanese widebody kit, and some good old-fashioned hot-rodding with some help from a NASCAR legend’s shop. Bananas? Nah, It’s just Rutledge Wood.
Longtime Rutledge partner Kenwood Rod Shop will handle the mechanicals and major fabrication duties. Summit Racing supplied the 430 horsepower Chevrolet Performance 6.2L E-Rod crate motor that will replace the 911’s 3.2L flat six.
Then, RWB’s Akira Nakai will install an one of his widebody kits at the legendary Petty’s Garage before the car is painted Petty Blue and gets hand-painted 43s on the doors. Somebody get the Porsche purists some smelling salts, please.
Summit Racing’s OnAllCylinders blog will be posting project updates and video as fast as Rutledge can feed them to us. We'll let Rutledge explain the rest in this video. Watch it on any of our social media platforms--heck, watch it on all of them.
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A new year is coming, and that means a whole slew of new Summit Racing events to go to. Huzzah!
One that we would like to call your attention to is the Summit Racing Midwest Drags Series, which is new for us this year. The Midwest Drags is a street/strip series that features racing at three tracks over three consecutive days. Like another drag race event we all know well, cars entering in the Midwest Drags must be driven on public roads between each event—they can’t be trailered, towed, dragged, or otherwise toted, but are allowed to tow a small trailer.
With 12 racing classes including ones for daily drivers, diesel-powered vehicles, and even straight-axle Gassers, there is a place for just about anyone that wants to participate. All cars must be registered, insured, and meet NHRA/IHRA certifications. One thing though—if you’re caught using two or more cuss words in a single sentence, you’ll be disqualified. It’s in the rules and everything.
The Summit Racing Midwest Drags begins June 5 at Wagler Motorsports Park in Indiana, stops at Muncie Dragway (also in Indiana), and finishes up on June 7 at Summit Racing Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. That happens to be the first day of our 2019 Super Summit car show, so we encourage you to stop by and watch some awesome drag racing--it's free.
Visit the event website for more details on the Summit Racing Midwest Drags Series.
As we mentioned in a previous post on our OnAllCylinders blog, our friends at Hoonigan decided to turn Scumbug, a clapped-out 1973 VW Beetle, into a full-on, Class 5 car to run the 2018 Baja 1000. Summit Racing even helped out by providing boxfuls of AN fittings and hose and some other parts for the fuel, ignition, and oil cooling system (which is how air-cooled VWs stay cool).
The transformation began just before the SEMA Show in early November. Of course, hilarity ensues as Hoonigan and veteran V-Dubber Bad Brad Daddy gets just five days to finish the project. That includes stripping down the Bug; redoing the suspension; stuffing in a roll cage, a built 2110cc engine, and Bus transmission; and safety prep to meet Class 5-1600 specifications.
Now that the 2018 SEMA Show is over and we’ve finally caught our collective breath, it’s a good time for some updates on the Summit Racing-supported project cars that made (and didn’t make) the show. You can also get some more insider info courtesy of video interviews done by our friends at Wrenches and Rides/Workshop Addict.
Cool Hand Kustoms 40-440 Dodge Pickup
EJ and Amy Fitzgerald’s latest creation was on display in all its Summit Hot Rod Flat White glory at the E3 Ignitions booth. In case you missed our intro to the project, the 1940 Dodge sits on a custom-bent frame with a QA1 E-Body torsion bar front suspension and an 8 ? inch rear axle held up with a RideTech four-link and QA1 coilovers. The truck is powered by a rebuilt 440 pulled out of an old motorhome, and the amount of metalwork it took to get the 78 year-old body into shape is just staggering.
The Fitzgeralds got the autocross bug when they ran their 1955 Dodge pickup on the Optima Challenge track at last year’s SEMA, and the 40-440 was also set up for autocross duty. EJ ran some laps on the Optima track and reported throttle response was kind of sluggish; plans are to swap the 850 CFM Holley carburetor for something smaller like a 670 Holley to put the snap back in the throttle.
EJ and Amy are already busy planning out their project for 2019, and it’s going to be a major departure from the trucks they’ve been building. We’ll bring you details as we get them.
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