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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG FORD FUNNY CAR LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Daniel Wilkerson and his SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car enter this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park looking to climb back up the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series points standings.

After three consecutive races of earning at least semifinal points, Wilkerson is coming off a first-round loss at Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Wilkerson qualified No. 10 after his SCAG Funny Car suffered an engine explosion during qualifying. The SCAG team would pull out their back-up car and made their best run of the weekend and sixth quickest in the round of 16 but came up short to 16-time champion John Force. The result shifted Wilkerson from No. 6 to No. 8 in the points and left him eager to get to the next race.

“We got our crispy car from Bristol back into racing form and can’t wait to get to the pristine surface at Richmond,” said Wilkerson referencing the car that had the explosion during qualifying, “This is one of the places I have not driven at yet. I’ve worked on a couple cars here, but I’ve literally only seen this facility between the pits and the starting line, my wife and daughter have seen more of it than me. The weather appears to be right in Tim’s wheelhouse so our whole team is excited. This SCAG Power Equipment, Summit Ford Mustang team is hungry for a win and we feel like we have the car to do it.” Continue reading

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THREE CAR SCAG RACING TEAM WRAP UP THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – The newly formed SCAG Racing team consisting of Top Fuel pilot Justin Ashley in the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster, Funny Car Rookie of the Year candidate Daniel Wilkerson in the SCAG Power Equipment Summit Ford Mustang and Dave Richards who is running the full NHRA season for the first time in the Versatran/BlueBird Funny Car, exited the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in the first round on Sunday.

Entering race day as the No. 2 qualifier off their 3.795 second pass at 322.42 mph from Friday night, Justin Ashely and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team had a titanic matchup against two-time world champion Brittany Force. Ashley would leave the starting line first but his 3.764 second run at 324.36 mph that ended with an engine explosion at the finish line, wasn’t enough for Force’s 3.733 at 319.42.

“This is racing, things like this are going to happen. This sport is a constant emotional rollercoaster so it’s important to put things in perspective. We lost a close first round matchup against a tough competitor but still accomplished a lot throughout the weekend,” Ashley said. “Mike Green, Tommy DeLago, Dustin Davis and the team always give us a good racecar but we just happened to run into a parts failure early on Sunday. I’m grateful for everybody at SCAG Power Equipment, all the dealers and distributors that were with us this weekend, Toyota, Phillips, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and KATO, and Impact. We’ll get back to work and be ready for Richmond.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG FORD LOOKING TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team will be looking for another career best weekend at Bristol Dragway for the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals to keep them climbing the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series points standings.

With a runner-up finish at the Four Wide Nationals in Charlotte where he also recorded his career best speed (333.16 mph) and elapsed time (3.885 seconds) and two consecutive semifinal appearances at the Route 66 Nationals, a home race for the Illinois native, and the most recent New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. where he had his career best qualifying finish at No. 4, Wilkerson has moved with 66 points of reaching the top five in the Funny Car points standings.

“This SCAG Power Equipment, Summit Racing Ford Mustang team has found some consistency, maybe a little luck too but Tim has been making good decisions and the car has been responding,” Wilkerson said. “All the hard work is paying off. It’s been fun. We’ve picked up round wins and continue to hit some of my career bests. I think we’ll have more of that this weekend, improved qualifying and going rounds on race day.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON REACHES SEMIFINALS FOR SCAG RACING AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team made their third consecutive semifinal appearance Sunday at the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.

Wilkerson entered race day qualified in the No. 4 position, a career best for the Rookie of the Year candidate, after running a 3.899 second pass at 329.91 mph on Friday night. The SCAG Funny Car would face off with Cory Lee in the first round. Wilkerson would cross the finish line in 4.089 at 313.80 while Lee smoked the tires and pulled left into the wall.

In the second round Wilkerson would find himself racing against three-time world champion Ron Capps. Wilkerson would have another clean pass at 4.002 seconds and 320.28 mph while Capps ran into trouble for only a 7.690 at 99.06.

Facing off with points leader Austin Prock, the semifinal would be a clean side-by-side drag race. Wilkerson would come up short with a 4.013-second run at 322.27 mph to Prock’s 3.993 at 317.12. Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG RACING LOOKING FOR DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT NEW ENGLAND DRAGWAY

EPPING, NH – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team enter this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway feeling comfortable with their upswing in performance through six of 20 events on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series schedule.

Wilkerson jumped two spots in the points standings from eighth to sixth with his semifinal appearance at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago. Coming off a career best weekend at the Charlotte Four-Wide event where he had his best speed (333.16 mph) and elapsed time (3.885 seconds) and reached the final quad to ultimately earn his first career runner-up finish, Wilkerson qualified ninth in Chicago and had to get past veteran Cruz Pedregon and Funny Car newcomer Austin Prock before coming up short to legend John Force for his first semifinal finish of the season.

“We are rolling into Epping feeling very good about where we are at with our SCAG Power Equipment / Summit Racing Equipment Ford Mustang,” Wilkerson said. “We had a rough start to the year trying new things to be faster, after dragging out our tried-and-true combination we were stoked to pick up right where the team left off last year. I set a goal of a top 5 finish, so to be sixth a quarter of the way through the season shows me we are on track.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON MAKES SEMIFINAL APPEARANCE TO LEAD SCAG RACING AT ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

JOLIET, IL – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car battled their way to the semifinals Sunday at the Gerber Glass & Collision Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago.

Coming into race day qualified No. 9, Wilkerson, crew chiefed by his father Tim, started eliminations with a win over veteran and former champion Cruz Pedregon. Both Funny Cars would haze the tires, but Wilkerson would get to the finish line first at 4.222 seconds and 231.36 mph while Pedregon followed at 4.517 and 194.30. In the second round, Wilkerson would face off with points leader, Austin Prock.

Wilkerson came up with the win on a 4.086 second pass at 314.39 mph better Prock’s 4.109 at 305.01 after he put a hole out. The win put Wilkerson against 16-time champion and eventual runner-up John Force in the semifinals. Wilkerson handled his SCAG Ford to a 4.076 at 309.98 but it wasn’t enough for Force’s 3.987 at 317.94. Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG FORD FUNNY CAR LOOKING TO CARRY MOMENTUM INTO ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

JOLIET, IL – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team enter this weekend’s Gerber Glass & Collision Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway coming off a career best performance.

Wilkerson handled his SCAG Ford Funny Car to a career best speed and elapsed time while competing at the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway and ultimately finished runner-up for the first time in his career. Right off the trailer, in the first qualifying session, Wilkerson would go 333.16 mph for his career best speed. Wilkerson’s career best elapsed time would come in the first round of eliminations when he crossed the finish line in 3.885-seconds. With the overall performance of the weekend, Wilkerson jumped two spots in points.

Now sitting eighth in the Funny Car standings, Wilkerson is entering a hometown race for himself, a resident of Springfield, Illinois, and SCAG Racing, whose Metalcraft of Mayville parent company is headquartered just a few hours drive away in Mayville, Wisconsin. Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON RUNS CAREER BEST FRIDAY AT CHARLOTTE NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

CONCORD, NC – Daniel Wilkerson handled his SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car to a career best pass during Friday qualifying at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Wilkerson, who is racing the full NHRA season for the first time in his career, laid down a 3.918-second pass at 333.16 mph in the first qualifying session Friday afternoon to end the night in the No. 6 qualifying spot. Wilkerson, who is a Rookie of the Year Award contender, previously ran a 3.927 seconds at the Gatornationals and 328.06 mph at the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals.

“I was a little surprised. I could tell it ran good. That’s a pretty great run. I’m super proud of my dad, Tim, and the rest of this SCAG Ford team,” Wilkerson said. “We made some pretty big changes, pretty big swings so I’m excited that it ran good.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG FORD FUNNY CAR TEAM LOOKING TO TURN THINGS AROUND AT CHARLOTTE FOUR-WIDE

CONCORD, NC – Daniel Wilkerson and his SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team are looking to make a jump in the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series points standings with a strong performance at this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Wilkerson and the SCAG team, led by Daniel’s father and veteran racer, Tim, have qualified in the top half of the field for three consecutive races including their best effort of sixth at the most recent Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas. Despite their qualifying efforts, race day win lights have been scarce. The SCAG Funny Car has one quarterfinal finish and is coming off a first quad loss at Las Vegas.

“I think we’re all anxious to get back to the race track. We did not leave The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the way we wanted to. That first round loss, it’s not a reflection of how hard this SCAG Ford Mustang team is working and the progress we’ve made. I’ll be looking forward to a bit of redemption this weekend,” Wilkerson said. “It’s another four-wide, the last one of the season, so we’ll want to leave our mark. We have a finish line photo hanging up in our shop of my dad in the Charlotte finals about five years ago. He is about a car and half in front of the other three guys, we have used that for motivation all week.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG FORD FUNNY CAR TEAM FOCUSED ON LAS VEGAS FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

LAS VEGAS – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team can’t deny the progress they’ve made just three races into the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series season. They head to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals determined to keep it going.

Wilkerson and the SCAG team, led by Daniel’s father, Tim, are coming of a quarterfinal finish at the NHRA Arizona Nationals where they qualified in the top half of the field for the second consecutive time. Sitting 10th in the points standings, Wilkerson is looking for his first Funny Car victory in his first season racing the full NHRA Mission Foods Series schedule.

“I’m excited to get to Vegas. Coming off a weekend in Phoenix where we learned a lot and made progress, I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the SCAG Summit Ford Mustang,” Wilkerson said. “Four-wide is a little different. I have pretty limited experience racing in the four-wide format, but I think, as long as nothing crazy happens, I should be fine. We get four qualifying runs, which will help our progress continue so we can turn on a few more win lights on Sunday.” Continue reading

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