Bristol: Del Worsham preview

Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing Del Worsham, Toyota Solara Funny Car: * Del Worsham won the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway on May 3. He defeated Jerry Toliver, Tim Wilkerson, Tony Pedregon and Ron Capps on his...

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Del Worsham, Toyota Solara Funny Car:

* Del Worsham won the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway on May 3. He defeated Jerry Toliver, Tim Wilkerson, Tony Pedregon and Ron Capps on his way to victory. It was his first victory of the season and the first for the Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing Funny Car team. Worsham is currently second in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings; he trails first place Ron Capps by 119 points.

* The Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing Funny Car has been a consistent qualifier most of the season. Through the seven races, Worsham's average qualifying position is 6.57. Throw out qualifying No. 16 at Las Vegas at Atlanta, and Worsham's average qualifying position is 2.34.

* Last year at Bristol Raceway, Worsham was the No. 12 qualifier and lost to Robert Hight in the first round of eliminations. Worsham has never won at Bristol Dragway.

Worsham prior to Bristol:

"A lot has changed since St. Louis; everybody's still excited about it. It was as exciting as any other win in my career. To win with this new team is awesome; we've been saying for a long time that if we ever got some consistency, we could get to the winner's circle so to finally do that feels really good. It all started with the last qualifying run and our first-round loss at Atlanta. We had those two solid runs, and then two solid qualifying runs in St. Louis before starting eliminations. So we definitely found something at Atlanta.

"I knew it was just a matter of time; this team is very talented, and getting to watch Alan (team owner Alan Johnson) and Aaron (crew chief Aaron Brooks) work together and make their moves is really nice. All I have to do is sit back and drive the car, and it's a great feeling.

"Everybody has their jobs. I work just as hard as the driver as I did when I was doing everything at our family team, but you only have so much that you can give. Now I can put 100 percent of my effort into driving the car instead of spreading myself pretty thin to get everything done. The way the Funny Car class is now; it's so competitive, and this approach is what it takes to be successful. We have our first win now; I hope it's the first of many."

-credit: ajaar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , Tim Wilkerson , Robert Hight