Englishtown: Del Worsham preview

* Del Worsham is currently fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings; he trails third place by 59 points and first place by 119 points. * Worsham has two wins this season; he visited victory circle at St. Louis and Bristol...

* Del Worsham is currently fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings; he trails third place by 59 points and first place by 119 points.

* Worsham has two wins this season; he visited victory circle at St. Louis and Bristol earlier this season. One race ago at Joliet, Ill., Worsham was the No. 12 qualifier and lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round of eliminations.

* Last year at Englishtown, Worsham was the No. 5 qualifier; he defeated Gary Scelzi and Robert Hight before losing to Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals. Worsham won at Englishtown in 1991 and 2005.

* Worsham has 24 wins in his Funny Car career; he is seventh on the NHRA's all-time Funny Car wins list trailing sixth place by just two wins.

Worsham prior to Englishtown:

"We're fourth in points so we lost a couple of spots with our second-round loss last week, but that's OK. I'm still optimistic about this weekend in Englishtown; our car showed some good promise in Joliet for the summer races we are about to start running.

"We've finished racing at the cool-weather tracks for a while now. The races where you can throw a bunch of power at the track and go fast are finished until the fall, and we've reached the point where we all have to kind of finesse the cars down the track. The key is mostly the clutch set up, but we haven't really been able to work on our hot set up very much. We tested a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta hoping for hot, humid conditions, but it was cool and dry. So our team really doesn't have much of a notebook on hot race tracks and how to race on them yet.

"We also go to Englishtown with some heavy hearts because this is the one-year anniversary of when Scott (Kalitta) lost his life. Scott's death got a lot of safety improvements happening. It was shortly after this race last year that we went to 1000 feet instead of a quarter mile, and a lot of the tracks are reworking the gravel run-off area at the end of the tracks. So while Scott's death was tragic, it did prompt some safety improvements that we'd been thinking about for a while but hadn't made."

-credit: ajaar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Gary Scelzi , Tim Wilkerson , Robert Hight