Worsham, Brown Lead Toyota Into Semi-Finals At Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 20, 2010) -- Antron Brown advanced to the Top Fuel semi-finals, while Del Worsham accomplished the same feat in Funny Cars to lead the Toyota-sponsored cars in the NHRA...
Worsham, Brown Lead Toyota Into Semi-Finals At Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 20, 2010) -- Antron Brown advanced to the Top Fuel semi-finals, while Del Worsham accomplished the same feat in Funny Cars to lead the Toyota-sponsored cars in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series' Thunder Valley Nationals at the Bristol Dragway on Sunday.
It marked the second consecutive semi-final round showings for each as both made the finals at Englishtown a week ago.
Brown began the weekend as the number one qualifier for the fourth time in the last nine races. He then defeated Doug Kalitta in the first round before knocking off fellow Toyota driver Shawn Langdon in the second round. He then fell to Brandon Bernstein in the semi-finals.
A week after losing a thrilling final at Englishtown, Worsham advanced to the semi-finals in equally impressive fashion. Despite a strong fourth in qualifying, he drew series points leader Robert Hight in the first round and, for the second consecutive week, he eliminated the defending series champion. He then dispatched Jack Beckman in the second round before eventually losing to Tim Wilkerson in the semis.
Two more Toyota-sponsored drivers reached the second round today. Langdon advanced with a first-round victory over Terry McMillen before losing a tight match-up with Brown. His teammate, Morgan Lucas, also moved ahead to round two after upsetting fellow Toyota driver and series points leader Larry Dixon in the first round. Lucas' run was strong enough to win lane choice for round two against Tony Schumacher, but after leading early, he lost the car midway through the run, smoking the tires in the process.
Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon was upset in the first round by his brother, Tony, after a season-best second in qualifying earlier in the weekend.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series moves on to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, to conclude a four-races-in-four-weeks stretch of the schedule with the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, June 25-27.
-source: toyota motorsports