Norwalk: Del Worsham preview

Del Worsham enters the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in eighth place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. He trails seventh-place Ron Capps by 31 points and leads ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 1 point. He leads 10th-place Tony...

Del Worsham enters the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in eighth place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. He trails seventh-place Ron Capps by 31 points and leads ninth-place Tim Wilkerson by 1 point. He leads 10th-place Tony Pedregon by 61 points.

One year ago, Worsham was the No. 12 qualifier at Norwalk and lost to Ashley Force Hood in the first round of eliminations. Worsham has never won at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Worsham advanced to his first final round of the season at Englishtown, N.J on June 13, and last weekend at Bristol, Tenn., he advanced to the semifinals. 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 12 races, he has qualified in the top five seven times; his average qualifying position is 5.75.

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 Norwalk:

"We've been able to put a couple of good races together now, and I think I can say that we have found some of the consistency that Dickie (Venables), Kurt (Elliott) and the rest of the team have been working so hard to find. The car is now running the way I expected it to run this season, and I think everyone on the Al-Anabi Toyota team is feeling better about our performance. The car is making consistent, good runs; I've been saying for months that if we could find some consistency, the round wins would follow, and they have. I think we'll win a race in the near future.

"I can't say that any one thing has changed and that's what got us back on the right track. I think it's just that all of the hard work has finally started to pay off. Dickie (Venables) has been trying so many different things, and I think the bottom line is that he hit on a combination that works. I know everyone on the Al-Anabi Team has been working as hard as they can to get our Toyota back on track, and all of us appreciate everyone's hard work. Getting back to the winner's circle will be a great accomplishment."

-source: al-anabi racing team

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , Cruz Pedregon , Tim Wilkerson , Ashley Force