Why Tim Wilkerson Is Staking His NHRA Future with Maynard Wilkerson Racing

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Merger Gives Tim Wilkerson Best Shot at NHRA TitleMaynard Wilkerson Racing
  • Tim Wilkerson is now a teammate to eight-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher.

  • The deal came together in the middle of the 2022 season, and SCAG president/CEO Randy Gloede was sold after visiting Wilkerson at his Springfield machine shop and discovering shared values.

  • Both the Maynard family and SCAG Power Equipment have burst on the Camping World Drag Racing Series scene in the past few months and made a huge impact.

Years ago, NHRA Funny Car owner-tuner-driver Tim Wilkerson said that when he’s trying to sort out a situation, he gets out his lawn mower and cuts the grass.

So Tuesday’s announcement that the Springfield, Ill., privateer has merged his operation with that of Joe and Cathi Maynard’s JCM/DSR Racing team and acquired SCAG Power Equipment as his primary sponsor sounded like the perfect fit.


The Maynards will serve as co-owners of the 62-year-old Wilkerson’s Funny Car operation, which will compete as Maynard Wilkerson Racing (MWR). Wilkerson’s entire crew will remain intact, with Richard Hartman at the forefront. Levi, Ray & Shoup, his sponsor for more than two decades, will stay on as an associate sponsor. (SCAG’s commitment, he said, “has taken us over the top . . . but I didn't want to lose that relationship. I'm a little bit of a sentimental guy. I had a hard time with that.”)

Wilkerson will be a teammate to eight-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher.

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Tony Schumacher, left, is the Top Fuel side of the new racing merger.Maynard Wilkerson Racing