Seattle: Del Worsham preview

Del Worsham enters the Northwest NHRA Nationals in ninth place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. He trails eighth-place Ron Capps by 10 points and leads 10th-place Tony Pedregon by 104. Worsham is currently 72 points out of...

Del Worsham enters the Northwest NHRA Nationals in ninth place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. He trails eighth-place Ron Capps by 10 points and leads 10th-place Tony Pedregon by 104. Worsham is currently 72 points out of fifth place.

One year ago at Pacific Raceways, Worsham was the No. 12 qualifier and lost to John Force in the first round of eliminations. Worsham won at Pacific Raceways in 1999.

Worsham has advanced to at least the semifinals in each of the last three races. He lost in the rain-delayed finals at Englishtown, N.J. 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 13 races, he has qualified in the top five seven times; his average qualifying position is 6.08.

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 Pacific Raceways:

"The Al-Anabi Toyota team had another solid outing in Norwalk last month, and now, we've put three solid races in row together. Two semifinals and a final are great results for any team, and we are happy to have them. It's all related. We had to get the car to the point where it was consistent, then we had to start winning some rounds, and we've done that. Now we have to take those semifinals and finals and turn them into race wins. Everything has to come together just right to win a race, and we're getting closer every week.

"Because of our last three races, we're looking better to make the countdown now. We're in ninth place, but we have increased our lead on 10th place. And we're just a few rounds out of fifth so if we can keep getting solid results, we'll solidify our place in the countdown. We have to keep working hard to make that happen, but I am confident we can do it."

-source: al-anabi racing team

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , John Force , Cruz Pedregon