Buddy Hull, sophomore Top Fuel driver, who finished 14th in his rookie season last year in Top Fuel points, will return to action during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series in a Tim Wilkerson-tuned Top Fuel dragster .
Hull bought the Top Fuel operation that Wilkerson did at a handful of national events with Keith Murt at the wheel. The race car will race under the Buddy Hull Racing banner with primary sponsorship from Hull’s business, Vertex Roofing and General Contractors, as well as associate sponsorship support from DFW RV Center, Lucky’s Diesel Shop and 1st Class Graphics.
“We had a solid rookie season and I want to build on that success,” said Hull. “I’ve known Tim almost all my life and the chance to work with him made this a great opportunity. I have to thank Terry Haddock for everything he did for me last year. There’s no way I would have had the chance to race at a professional level without his help and guidance. We are going to try to do as many national events as possible and be smart about how we race. Tim will remain the leader of our team and I am super excited about the 2022 season.”
Hull plans to compete in the PRO Nitro Spring Training event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park prior to participating in the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com in Pomona. The Dallas, Texas-based driver and team owner skips the NHRA Arizona Nationals but returns to action at the historic Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. In addition, he plans to host the NHRA events in Houston, Topeka, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Dallas, and possibly the fall national event in Las Vegas.
While Hull will be behind the wheel, the Vertex Roofing and General Contractors Top Fuel dragster will receive tuning input from one of the most consistent tuners in the sport in Wilkerson. As one of a very select group of individuals who is a team owner, crew chief and driver, Wilkerson will offer his expertise to an old friend and make an investment in the overall growth of NHRA Drag Racing.
“I used to let Buddy polish my trailer,” said Wilkerson, who won the NHRA US Nationals for the second time in his career last season. “My motivation in working with Buddy is to get more quality drivers and teams into the sport. That was the goal when I started the Top Fuel team last year. Buddy asked me about renting the surgery, and then he asked me to buy it. We came to a deal on the understanding that I would help him with the setup if he built a good team of guys to work on it. ”
The history of Hull and Wilkerson goes back more than three decades when Hull actually took up drag racing with the team as a young man. The two eventual NHRA professional drivers lived just 20 minutes apart in central Illinois. Working together on this Top Fuel project is a personal and professional undertaking.
“Buddy has a great head on his shoulders and I’m excited to see more guys coming here to race and grow the sport. You have to learn how to do this. I’m working with Buddy to build his program on the performance side in Top Fuel. We need cars here,” Wilkerson added.