Wilkerson Honored to Represent Summit Racing at Summit Racing NHRA Nationals

Courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment/WinLight Communications

Each season, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour travels to Norwalk, Ohio, for what many deem as the greatest show in the Cleveland area. Summit Motorsports Park, owned by dedicated promoter Bill Bader and his racing enthusiast family, host the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals there, and the event that they organize is arguably one of the best on the tour. Funny Car veteran Tim Wilkerson, driver of the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang, would love to revisit the winner's circle and celebrate again with his friends from Summit Racing at this weekend's 11th annual rendition of the event.
 
"We sure have a great time there," said Wilkerson, a 20-time national event winner on the tour. "Summit Motorsports Park has a great, old-school atmosphere. It's just a fun race. Bill Bader and the Bader family do a terrific job of making sure that everyone in the Cleveland area knows that this is where they need to be. They put on such a great show with every event. Everyone wants to be there, and it's a blast to race at that track."
 
Wilkerson has one win in two final rounds in Norwalk. In 2010, he bested veteran driver John Force for the Funny Car title.
 
"I'll never forget that," said Wilkerson. "It seems like a decade ago. It was hot and humid, and there was a big storm in the forecast. [Because of the weather], nobody was making it down the track. But sometimes you get it figured out. We made a real good run in the final against him, and it ended up being a good day. It's fun to look back on it, but we're pretty focused on what we have to do this time around."
 
Currently No. 8 in the Funny Car standings, Wilkerson has visited one final round so far this year (Atlanta), and grabbed his first No. 1 qualifier award last weekend in Bristol. He and Team LRS are on an upswing after a bit of a struggle in the middle of the first part of the season. Now in the midst of a turnaround, the timing couldn't be better as they fall into line at the Summit Racing-sponsored event. Wilkerson proudly flies the Team Summit banner on the tail of his super-fast Funny Car.
 
"The greatest thing about being involved with Summit Racing is that they always support us. They realize nobody works harder than us and their KB Racing Pro Stock team," said Wilkerson. "It's very special to be part of Team Summit, and to come to the races and represent them. We want to make them look good. That's always the goal, and hopefully we can go some more rounds this weekend. We've won with them before, and it's just a ton of fun to see how excited they get. It would be a great ending to the weekend, without a doubt."

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