Greg Wilson knocked the cobwebs off last weekend during the Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360s following a busy offseason.
It marked the first time since 2015 Wilson and his Hercules Tires, DNC Hydraulics, Ohio Logistics and Gear Off Road sponsored team tackled the event at East Bay Raceway Park.
“We’ve changed a lot of stuff over the winter so the first couple of nights it was figuring out what we needed to do,” he said. “I felt like we had a pretty decent car on Saturday and we had plenty of speed. It was good to get down there and knock the rust off. Plus, we had people from Hercules Tires, DNC Hydraulics and Maverick Portables down there. It was pretty cool to have them all there with us.”
The three-day spectacle was also a rare 360ci winged sprint car event for Wilson, who spent the previous three seasons competing full time in a 410ci winged sprint car on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
Wilson learned throughout the two preliminary nights before posting his best outing of the event on Saturday. He advanced from fifth to third place in a heat race before winning a B Main to lock into the 40-lap A Main.
“We made some headway,” he said. “We were in the show and passed some cars. We found out after the race we had one mechanical issue we needed to address. We were so bad the first couple of nights it was frustrating. We threw some different stuff at it on Saturday and it made a difference. In racing you’re looking for a direction. Mission accomplished. A piece of mind is we improved pretty drastically from Thursday to Friday to Saturday.”
Wilson gained several positions during Saturday’s main event before ending 15th out of more than 50 drivers who raced throughout the weekend.
“East Bay is a tough track,” he noted. “Throughout the years if you unload and you’re good you’re usually good the whole weekend. If you struggle early you usually struggle the whole time. The track is pretty sandy, but damp. It was nice to figure some stuff out and get headed in the right direction. I can’t wait to get racing again to keep improving.”
Action resumes this Friday at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, and Saturday at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, for the East Texas LoneStar Shootout with the World of Outlaws. Wilson has one career start with the Outlaws at each track.
QUICK RESULTS –
Feb. 14 – East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. – Heat race: 5 (5); B Main: 4 (4).
Feb. 15 – East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. – Heat race: 3 (4); B Main: 6 (1); Non-Qualifier Race: 3 (2).
Feb. 16 – East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. – Heat race: 3 (5); B Main: 1 (2); Feature: 15 (18).
SEASON STATS –
3 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, x top 10s, 1 top 15, 1 top 20
UP NEXT –
Friday at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, and Saturday at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, for the East Texas LoneStar Shootout with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
UPCOMING HERCULES TIRES DEALERSHIP VISITS –
Monday at Hamm’s Tires in Fort Worth, Texas, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m.
MEDIA LINKS –
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Ohio Logistics
Ohio Logistics, which is based in Findlay, Ohio, is a world-class distribution facility. The company is in 20 locations in five states and has grown into one of the largest privately held logistics firms in the Upper Midwest. For more information, visit http://www.OhioLogistics.com.
“Since Chuck Bills got involved with our team in 2005 it’s been pretty cool to develop a friendship and get all of the support from the Ohio Logistics employees,” Wilson said. “To have a company stick with me for more than a dozen years and have their belief in me is pretty cool.”
Wilson would also like to thank Hercules Tires, DNC Hydraulics, Gear Off Road, Kinsler Fuel Injection, All Pro Cylinder, Redlined Welding & Construction, Callies, Magtech Ignition, Banshee Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Simpson Race Products, Nagy Equipment Sales, Winters Performance, Pfann’s Custom Performance & Restoration, Tim Hogan’s Carpet (Lima, Ohio), Bedford Valley Petroleum, Real Capz, Mark Wolford Garage, Burns Petroleum, Elite Wings, Inter-State Truck Repair, Benson Marketing and Inside Line Promotions for their continued support.
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