Denver: Del Worsham preview

Del Worsham enters the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in ninth place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. He leads 10th-place Tony Pedregon by 160 points and trails eighth-place Ashley Force Hood by 66 points. Worsham is just 120 points...

Del Worsham enters the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in ninth place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. He leads 10th-place Tony Pedregon by 160 points and trails eighth-place Ashley Force Hood by 66 points. Worsham is just 120 points behind fifth-place Ron Capps.

Worsham's Al-Anabi Toyota has recorded the fastest Funny Car speed of the event at three of the last four NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races: Bristol, Tenn., 300.80 mph; Norwalk, Ohio, 313.15 mph and Seattle, 304.12 mph.

Worsham has advanced to at least the semifinals in three of the last five races. Worsham is still seeking his first win of the season; he won three races last year visiting victory circle in Madison, Ill., Bristol, Tenn. and Richmond, Va.

Worsham has been a solid qualifier this year. In the season's first 15 races, he has qualified in the top five eight times; his average qualifying position is 5.80. Last weekend in Sonoma, Worsham was the No. 6 qualifier but lost to Matt Hagan in the first round of eliminations.

One year ago at Bandimere Speedway, Worsham was the No. 10 qualifier and lost to Ashley Force Hood in the first round of eliminations. Worsham won at Bandimere Speedway in 2002.

Worsham has 25 wins in his Funny Car career; he is seventh on the NHRA's all-time Funny Car wins list trailing sixth place Cruz Pedregon by just one win.

Worsham prior to Denver:

"The Al-Anabi Toyota team didn't get the result we wanted last weekend in Sonoma, but we are still improving our race team as we get closer to the Countdown. We increased our lead on 10th place in the points so Sonoma was positive for the points. We only have two races left before the Countdown begins, so we are looking good to make it, but we have to stay focused and get our Al-Anabi Toyota back to winning rounds. We have eight rounds left before the Countdown so the more we win, the better we'll be when we get to Indy (U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, first race of the Countdown to 1 NHRA Playoffs).

"We are looking forward to racing at Bandimere Speedway this weekend. The Bandimere family has been a big part of NHRA for a long time, and I always like racing there. Everyone on the Al-Anabi team is just as focused as we have been, and we'll be ready to go when we roll into Denver next weekend."

-source: al-anabi racing team

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Ron Capps , Cruz Pedregon , Ashley Force , Matt Hagan