Topeka: Bill Windham preview

Windham Runs Competitive Times in Testing; Ready to Qualify Big O Tire Chevy at Topeka Bill Windham's drive to a Pro Stock starting position hasn't been as straight as an NHRA quarter-mile track. It more resembles Formula One's race through ...

Topeka: Bill Windham preview

Windham Runs Competitive Times in Testing; Ready to Qualify Big O Tire Chevy at Topeka

 Bill Windham's drive to a Pro Stock starting position hasn't been as straight as an NHRA quarter-mile track. It more resembles Formula One's race through the streets of Monaco. There have been some twists and turns. 

But now, the tire store owner from El Dorado Hills, Calif., believes his rookie season trials and tribulations are back on the straight and narrow as his Big O Tire Chevy Cobalt team heads for the O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, Friday through Sunday.

"We had an excellent test session Monday after (the) St. Louis (race, May 7)," Windham said. "Then we had an extra week to sit and wait, so it's been almost a month since I've been in the racecar. But now I am definitely more comfortable in the car."

 Windham, a former drag racing bracket racer and sports car driver, began Pro Stock testing in February. His qualifying attempts at Atlanta and St. Louis weren't competitive enough, but, he says, "We had our complete race setup in the car for the first time during the test session, including the motor and clutch and we ran very competitive times -- 6.70 and 6.71 seconds." 
 Had those numbers come in previous Saturday qualifying, Windham would have placed in the top half of the starting lineup. 
 "Needless to say we are looking forward to going to Topeka," said Windham, who, with partner Greg Mitchell, purchased this Cobalt from team owner Greg Hill. "I have been getting seat time at the last few races and during testing, but now I want to get into the show at Topeka. The car has really improved over the past few races and so has the driver." 

Windham credited crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia, who oversees his car and that of teammate Kenny Koretsky, and engine builder Steve Schmidt for his gradual improvement.

-credit: wm/jls

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Koretsky , Steve Schmidt , Bill Windham