NHRA Driver
Tim Wilkerson
Wilkerson
  • Date of birth:
    December 29, 1960
  • Hometown:
    Springfield, Ill.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang
  • Crew Chief:
    Tim Wilkerson
  • Career Wins: 18
    FC: 17 TAFC: 1
  • Career Final Rounds: 37
    FC: 33 TAFC: 4
  • Career Best E.T.:
    4.013
  • Career Best Speed:
    318.99
Career Highlights
  • 2013: Raced to a runner-up finish at Houston; Also advanced to the final round at Charlotte 1; Qualified a season-best second at Houston; Posted career-best performances for time and speed at Charlotte 2; Qualified for the Countdown to the Championship for the sixth time; Finished in the top 10 for the sixth consecutive season
  • 2012: Raced to two runner-up finishes during the season; posted one No. 1 qualifier position during the year; set a new career best speed of 311.34 at Topeka
  • 2011: Raced to win at Seattle; Made his fourth appearance in the Countdown to the Championship
  • 2010: Raced to three wins in four final-round appearances; Made his third appearance in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs
  • 2009: Raced to two wins 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, one more win than he’d earned in his previous 11 years combined; Entered the Countdown to the Championship playoffs first in the point standings; Led the points for a portion of the playoffs, but dropped to second after a first-round loss to Mike Neff at Las Vegas 2; A first-round loss to John Force at Pomona 2 officially ended his bid for the title
  • 2007: Lowered his four-year-old career best time by 36 hundredths; Earned first No. 1 qualifiers (Bristol, Dallas) since Brainerd 2004; Advanced to four semifinals, including at 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: Set career best for speed; Advanced to one final round (St. Louis); Finished 11th in the point standings; Qualified for final 22 events
  • 2004: Won two events for the second consecutive season; Tied career-best finish in final point standings; Established career-best for speed (323.75 mph) and elimination rounds won (23); Qualified No. 1 at Gainesville and Brainerd; Qualified No. 9 for quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history (Pomona 2)
  • 2003: Won the prestigious Mac Tool U.S. Nationals, from the No. 15 qualifying spot; tied career-best finish in the final Funny Car standings; No. 1 qualifier at Pomona 1 and Denver; highest round-win total (19) since 1998 (20); recorded career-best performance numbers
  • 2002: Finished 12th in the standings despite missing seven national events; Qualified for every event he entered; Advanced to the semifinals a career-high five times
  • 2000: Competed in limited schedule while sharing duties as team owner, driver and crew chief
  • 1999: Won first event in a tire-smoking battle with John Force (Chicago); Drove half the season for John Costanza
  • 1998: Career-high NHRA points finish; No 1 qualifier 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

Personal
  • Wife: Krista
  • Sons: Daniel (4/2/88) and Kevin (1/15/90)
  • Daughter: Rachel (10/18/91)
  • Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 200 pounds
  • Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, and collecting and restoring classic cars
  • Notable: Owns Wilkerson's Service Center in Springfield, Ill.; Seventh member of the Castrol 4-second Club; Division 3 champion in Top Alcohol Funny Car in 1994 and 1995

 
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