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Del Worsham is currently tied with Ashley Force Hood for third place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings just six points out of second place but 112 points out of first place. He was the No. 16 qualifier at Las Vegas and...

Del Worsham is currently tied with Ashley Force Hood for third place in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings just six points out of second place but 112 points out of first place. He was the No. 16 qualifier at Las Vegas and lost to Tony Pedregon in the first round of eliminations.

The Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing Funny Car has been a consistent qualifier this season. Through the first five races, Worsham's average qualifying position is 5.2. Throw out qualifying No. 16 at Las Vegas, and Worsham's average qualifying position is 2.5.

Last year at Atlanta Dragway, Worsham was the No. 6 qualifier but lost to Ashley Force Hood in the first round of eliminations. Worsham won the race at Atlanta Dragway in 1991; it was his first professional win.

Worsham prior to Atlanta Dragway:

"We still haven't found the consistency we need to win races, much less challenge for a championship. We went to Las Vegas hoping to make some strides, but it didn't work out that way. We know our team has great potential, but we still have a long way to go. We have to remind ourselves that we just started this team so we have to be patient.

"I always like going to Atlanta because I got my first win there 1991 so it's exciting for me to go back. When I get to the starting line, I think about all of those good memories so it's exciting to race there because an important part of my history happened at Atlanta Dragway.

"With what happened in Las Vegas, we feel fortunate to be tied for third in points. First place is still within reach. Ron Capps is having a great season, but we know we haven't hit our stride yet. Hopefully, when we hit that stride, we can give Ron something to think about, but we feel fortunate to be were we are right now. We aren't the only ones chasing him, and we know everyone else wants to catch him just as much as we do. The only thing we know for sure is that it's going to be a fun season in Funny Car."

-credit: ajaar

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