Greg Wilson hustled to his best Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 result of the season last Friday during the opening round of the Cometic Gasket Thunder Through the Plains presented by Hercules Tires.
Wilson overcame a frustrating qualifying result at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., by guiding his Hercules Tires, DNC Hydraulics, Ohio Logistics and Gear Off Road sponsored team from eighth to fourth place in a heat race before rallying from 14th to eighth place in the main event.
“Red Dirt Raceway is awesome,” he said. “I hope we go back there. In the feature we were too good too early. We ran right up to about where we ended up finishing right away. As the race wore on we weren’t as good. We should have probably changed our car a little bit, but we’ve made so many changes and some of the stuff we’re doing is working. After the heat race we tightened our car up. We didn’t do what I characteristically do because every time I do that stuff sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. We tried to make subtle changes and tried to learn. In hindsight I wish we’d have done a couple more things and I think we could have gained even more positions.”
The action shifted to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on Sunday. Wilson improved his qualifying result, but was unable to lock into the main event through the heat race. However, he won the B Main to garner a transfer into the feature. Wilson then gained a handful of positions to charge from 19th to 14th before the track was caked in rubber.
“I got most of my spots before it took rubber,” he said. “It rubbered up pretty quick. The new owners at the track have done a wonderful job with improvements there. It’s hard to fault a track that is making that many improvements. Their water truck broke at 8 a.m. in the morning and they struggled to get a water truck by the time we went racing. We need to take the positives out of it. That’s a facility that will be nice down the road and the track owners are working hard.”
Wilson took another step forward on Monday at Lawton Speedway, where he qualified 12th quickest, placed second in a heat race and battled for a top 10 throughout the main event before ending 11th.
“We were better early in the night at Lawton,” he said. “We keep changing things and are more concerned with qualifying, which is something we need to focus on. We qualified quite a bit better at Lawton and the car felt better. The more we race it seems we improve. In the feature we fell back a little, gained it back and as the race wore on there wasn’t passing unless you drove through somebody. I don’t race like that so we took what we could get.”
The Thunder Through the Plains continues with races this Wednesday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas; Thursday at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla.; Friday at Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas; Saturday at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas; and Sunday at Chatham Speedway in Chatham, La.
QUICK RESULTS –
June 5 – Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. – Qualifying: 23; Heat race: 4 (8); Feature: 8 (14).
June 7 – 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. – Qualifying: 14; Heat race: 8 (5); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 14 (19).
June 8 – Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla. – Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 2 (1); Feature: 11 (10).
SEASON STATS –
21 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 8 top 10s, 12 top 15s, 13 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Wednesday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas; Thursday at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla.; Friday at Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas; Saturday at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas; and Sunday at Chatham Speedway in Chatham, La., during the Cometic Gasket Thunder Through the Plains presented by Hercules Tires with the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
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“DNC Hydraulics has been a long-standing partner of Greg Wilson Racing,” Wilson said. “Their support throughout the years has helped us get to the level of being able to compete with the World of Outlaws and we’re grateful to have them as an important part of our team.”
Wilson would also like to thank Hercules Tires, Ohio Logistics, Gear Off Road, Kinsler Fuel Injection, All Pro Cylinder, MagTech Ignition, Simpson Race Products, Banshee Graphics, Nagy Equipment Sales, Winters Performance, Real Capz, Mark Wolford Garage, Burns Petroleum, Wings Unlimited, Inter-State Truck Repair, ATL Fuel Cells, Sandridge Customs, Cooper Custom Powder, Benson Marketing and Inside Line Promotions for their continued support.