When fourth-round opponent Greg Allen broke out by .018-second, Wilson was paired with another former Pomona winner, Kelly King, but took the challenge in stride, leaving the starting line first with a .049-second launch to King's .063 and putting it to good use when he lit the scoreboards with a 6.66 on his 6.65 dial to King's dead-on 6.62, and in the quarterfinals, Wilson had the starting-line advantage with his .009-second reaction and ran closer to his dial in a doublebreakout match with B.J. Bianchi, earning a critical bye run into the final, where he was again better out of the gate than his opponent, this time Lucas Walker, who ran six- thousandths over his dial, to get the win.
Division 2 Pro Wilson seeks redemption with second chance In the Pro final, Bruce Wilson (above) was .030-second quicker off the starting line than Lucas Walker, far lane, and lit the scoreboards with a 6.62 (6.61 dial) to Walker’s 6.43 (6.43) for the win. NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS “This trip to Pomona is advantage with his (Div. 2) — Pro-class racer Bruce Wilson will soon be just as important,” said .009-second reaction packing up and heading to Pomona to compete in the Wilson. “And maybe I’ll get and ran closer to his NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, to redeem myself a little dial in a double- held during the Automobile Club of Southern Califor- bit from the first try.” breakout match with nia NHRA Finals, and if that sounds familiar, there is Wilson, who has been B.J. Bianchi, earn- a logical reason: He’s been there before. In 2001, bracket racing since he was ing a critical bye Wilson was the Division 2 NHRA Summit Racing 16, knew he was in for an run into the final, Series Finals winner but encountered more than his interesting weekend when where he was again fair share of parts failure once he got to California. he got past the first round better out of the Because of the problems, he didn’t get a time run, in Atlanta. Wilson posted a leisurely .131-second start and ran a gate than his oppo- then the weekend went from bad to worse when he “I’ve notoriously had quick 6.62 on his 6.63 dial in his semifinal bye. nent, this time broke out in the first round. bad luck at this race first Lucas Walker, who round,” said the Huntsville Dragway competitor. ran six-thousandths over his dial, to get the win. “I’ve only made it past the first round three Wilson and his family celebrated with dinner and times, and two of those times, I’ve won. If I can plenty of conversation about what the future will hold. get past it, I’m good, but this time I actually had “This is really a family thing,” said Wilson. “My to run one of the world champs who had already sister, who passed away with cancer a few years ago, won in Pomona, Kyle Roberts.” won the High School Finals in 1998, I won in 2001,
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