WORSHAM CLINCHES COUNTDOWN SPOT, LOOKING FOR MORE – With five victories in the season’s first 11 races, Del Worsham became the first Top Fuel driver to clinch his berth in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs in the most recent event at Chicago. Yet, the long-time Funny Car driver has no plans to slow down any time soon.
“I’ve had a lot of years when it went down to the wire in earning my way into the Countdown, so this is amazing. But we also know that this is just the first step and that we have to keep working hard because our competitors aren’t going to concede anything.”
Racing in Top Fuel for the first time since 1995, Worsham leads the series in wins (five), semi-final appearances (eight), finals appearances (six) and elimination round won-loss percentage (29-6, .829). In addition, the Al-Anabi Toyota driver has qualified first or second in five of the last six races. He currently leads the point standings by 131 points and has led the title chase since winning at Gainesville in March.
TOYOTA TOP FUELERS FIND WINNING WAYS - Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel drivers have won nine of the first 11 events this season. Four of the nine events have featured all-Toyota finals. Overall, Toyota drivers have garnered 15 of the 22 finals spots in Top Fuel events this season. In addition, four of the five drivers have at least one win and each of the five drivers has appeared in at least one final this season.
DENVER LAUNCHED PEDREGON’S REVIVAL – A year ago, Cruz Pedregon arrived in Denver having failed to advance past the second round in any of the season’s first 15 races before advancing to the semi-finals at the Mile High Nationals. It wasn’t enough to propel the small one-car team into the Countdown, but it was one of the catalysts that have seen the team take a 180-degree turn in the championship hunt. Pedregon’s Snap-On Toyota Camry Solara has already advanced to the semi-finals or beyond in six races this season and looks to be a certainty in this year’s Countdown playoffs. He currently stands fourth in points heading into Denver.
LAST YEAR IN DENVER – Larry Dixon advanced to the semi-finals for the 12th time in 16 races and in the process earned the number one seed for last year’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Dixon defeated Morgan Lucas and Tony Schumacher in the first two rounds before falling in the semis. Antron Brown was the event’s number one qualifier and won his first-round elimination before falling in round two. In Funny Cars, Cruz Pedregon registered his top finish of the season after advancing to the semi-finals before eventually falling to John Force. Pedregon won an all-Toyota Camry Solara second-round by defeating number three qualifier Del Worsham to advance to the semi-finals.
By: toyota motorsports