Del Worsham enters the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals in first place in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings. He leads second-place Spencer Massey by 68 points.
Worsham has advanced to at least the semifinals in eight of the 12 races this season. In those 12 races, Worsham has five wins in six final rounds, a runner-up and two semifinal appearances making him 29-7 in eliminations this year. He won races at Gainesville, Fla., Charlotte, Baytown, Texas, Norwalk, Ohio and Joliet, Ill.
With his win in Joliet, Ill. last month, Worsham now has more wins this season (5) than any other Full Throttle Series driver, and those five wins equal his career best for wins in a season. In 2004, he won five races in his family-owned Checker, Schucks, Kragen Auto Parts Funny Car. He went on to finish second in points that year, also his career best.
Worsham prior to Sonoma:
“We went to Denver, and everyone knows anything can happen at Bandimere Speedway. We qualified No. 1, made some other solid runs and even though we went out in the second round, we still left Denver with the points lead so in the end, it was a pretty good result for the Al-Anabi team. We’ll take the positive runs we made last weekend and build on them this weekend in Sonoma.
“With everything that’s happened this year, we still have a nice points lead, but as I’ve been saying, any points lead can go away in a hurry so we have to really stay on our game and keep improving our race team to get ready for the Countdown (Countdown to 1 NHRA Playoffs). The top five in points have gotten tighter. All of the DSR cars are running really well, but so is the Al-Anabi team. It’s going to be a battle all the way to the end of the season, and it should be a great show for the fans.”
“I always like racing at Sonoma; it’s another one of Bruton Smith’s first-class facilities. I’ve lived in California all my life so we’ll have a lot of family and friends there. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car on Friday.”
2010 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon enters the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals in third place in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings. He trails second-place Spencer Massey by 89 points and leads fourth-place Antron Brown by 17 points.
Dixon is the defending champion of the Fram-Autolite Nationals. One year ago, he was the No. 1 qualifier; he defeated Steve Chrisman, Steve Torrence, Cory McClenathan and Tony Schumacher on his way to the winner’s circle. He also won at Sonoma in 2003 and owns the track’s Top Fuel speed record, 319.75 mph, set at this event last year.
Dixon has qualified in the top four at 10 of the 12 races this season; his average qualifying position is 3.83. He has been the No. 1 qualifier twice this season and 50 times in his career placing him ninth on the NHRA’s all-time No. 1 qualifier list for all classes. He trails eighth-place Don Prudhomme by two No. 1s; John Force and Warren Johnson head the list with 138.
Dixon earned one bonus point during qualifying in Denver giving him a season total of 54, more than any other Top Fuel driver. Last year, the Al-Anabi driver earned 130 qualifying bonus points, more than any other Top Fuel driver and 43 more than the next-highest competitor.
Dixon prior to Sonoma:
“Anything that happened last weekend at Denver is all in its own little capsule because of the setup you have to run at Bandimere Speedway. There is nothing in the setup of the car that’ll be the same in Sonoma as it was in Denver. The Al-Anabi team will go to Sonoma with a great race horse and try our best to show it off.
“Our chance to sweep the Western Swing is gone, but you still want to try and do well at the next race. If we can win at Sonoma, that means there’s no sweep. Everyone except Spencer (Massey) is trying to work on their own setups to try and keep him from sweeping. It’s nothing personal, we just want our own teams to rebound and do well for ourselves.
“Growing up on the west coast, you don’t have to talk me into going to Sonoma. It’s a great facility, and I wish we could run more events there. Sonoma is about as close as we get to Alan’s (Johnson) place (Santa Maria, Calif.) until the end of the year. He’ll have friends, family and employees at the track so you want to make it a happy time for everybody by doing well.”
By: al-anabi racing team