Gainesville Funny Car; Pontiac shakedown

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 9, 2000) - The NHRA championship tour and the promise of spring arrive simultaneously on the East Coast at the 31st annual Mac Tools Gatornationals on March 16-19 at Gainesville Raceway, the third race on the 23-event ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 9, 2000) - The NHRA championship tour and the promise of spring arrive simultaneously on the East Coast at the 31st annual Mac Tools Gatornationals on March 16-19 at Gainesville Raceway, the third race on the 23-event Winston Drag Racing circuit. Final eliminations of the Gatornationals can be seen on Sunday, March 19, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern. Qualifying highlights can be seen on Saturday, March 18, beginning at 8 p.m.

Del Worsham, Frank Pedregon and the Checker-Schuck's-Kragen Pontiac Firebird teams will make a slight detour en route to Gainesville by stopping at Montgomery Motorsports Park to participate in a special racing event, "Heart of Dixie Nationals." Joining fellow competitors Scotty Cannon and Mad Magazine Pontiac Firebird driver Dale Creasy, Jr., the two-car CSK team will use this opportunity as a shakedown for the upcoming Gatornationals.

"We're really excited to be part of this event," said Worsham. "We're not going to this event to take it easy, we've got some new set-ups on our cars we really want to test, so we're going to Montgomery to run as hard as the track will allow. From what I understand, this track will allow you to run pretty hard."

Both CSK Firebirds are two-for-two in the qualifying column, and both made significant steps forward in Phoenix. Worsham, who heads into Gainesville fifth in points, notes that the red and the blue Firebird's are making greater strides as they work together.

"This is coming together for us," said Worsham. "The whole plan here was to use these two cars to make the sum greater than the parts. I'm pretty charged up about how it's all working out. The blue car (Pedregon) is just a few laps behinds us right now, but they're catching up. When we're totally on the same page, we're going to be able to push the limits a little more. Right now, both teams are taking small steps. We're doing this methodically on purpose, because that's the best way to know what you're doing, and why things are happening, each step of the way. We're going to stick with the plan and be patient, and I'm very confident we're going to have a lot of success."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Pedregon , Del Worsham