TAMPA, Fla. – Greg Wilson had planned to make his 410 winged sprint car season debut this weekend with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
Mother Nature had other plans, as the series was forced to postpone its planned events.
As such, Wilson and his Hercules Tires, Ohio Logistics and DNC Hydraulics-supported team are now heading to Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla., with the United Sprint Car Series on Friday and Saturday.
Wilson hustled from 14th to sixth to earn hard charger honors for passing the most cars during his debut at Southern Raceway in February of last year.
He backed that up in March by scoring a pair of third-place finishes.
“We’ve been good,” he said. “Other than being a sandy race track, it reminds me of some tracks around home. I think that helps.”
Wilson invaded East Bay Raceway Park last weekend for two preliminary nights of the Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360s, before the event finale rained out.
Wilson was handcuffed by a high pill draw each night. He moved forward in a heat race on both Thursday and Friday, but ended up narrowly missing a transfer into the main event by two positions on Thursday and only one spot on Friday.
“I hate using pill draws as an excuse, but we didn’t draw good,” he said. “With that format, not drawing good and not being good at racing it hampered our week. It’s one of those places where it’s pretty unique. Florida cars and guys like Tim Shaffer and Mark Smith that have always been pretty good at East Bay have a knack for that place and usually run pretty good.
“Bob Hampshire used to tell me if you unload good you’ll probably be good all weekend, and if you unload and you’re bad, you can only hope to be okay by the end of the weekend. We had a little different plan for our setup on Saturday, but it rained out.”