Worsham Puts Chevy in Winner's Circle With Skoal Showdown Win Wins $100,000 in Funny Car All-Star Race INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 4, 2005 - After going nine previous starts in the Skoal Funny Car Showdown without a win, Del Worsham used a little bit...
Worsham Puts Chevy in Winner's Circle With Skoal Showdown Win Wins $100,000 in Funny Car All-Star Race
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 4, 2005 - After going nine previous starts in the Skoal Funny Car Showdown without a win, Del Worsham used a little bit of luck and a lot of talent to drive his CSK Chevrolet to a win in today's Showdown and the $100,000 pay day that comes with it. The Skoal Showdown, a non-points bonus Funny Car event held today in conjunction with this weekend's 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, features the top eight Funny Car drivers who have accumulated the most points in qualifying during the past year in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series with $100,000 going to the winner. Worsham beat Tony Pedregon in Round 1, Robert Hight in the semifinals and Eric Medlen in the finals to claim the Showdown crown.
"This is wonderful," said Worsham. "We've been trying for 15 years to win this money, and finally this year we had a car that would do it. My dad tuned it great all day. Thank Skoal for putting on this great event. Like I said, I've been trying 15 years to win this and finally here it is. Lane choice or no lane choice, when the other seven guys in the Skoal Showdown are John Force, Robert Hight, Eric Medlen, Tommy Johnson, Gary Scelzi, Tony Pedregon, and Cruz Pedregon, you've got your hands full no matter who you race. It's the toughest field you could ever be a part of."
In the first round of today's Showdown, Tommy Johnson Jr. in the Skoal Chevrolet lost to Medlen's Ford. Medlen had an e.t. of 4.897 seconds at 314.83 mph to Johnson's 4.984 at 317.64 mph. Cruz Pedregon in his Advance Auto Chevrolet lost to Gary Scelzi in a Dodge as Scelzi ran an elapsed time of 4.943 seconds at 309.20 mph to Pedregon's 5.035 e.t. and 254.14 mph. A pair of Chevrolets faced off in the first round when Worsham defeated Tony Pedregon in the Quaker State Chevrolet with an elapsed time of 4.875 seconds and 314.31 mph to Pedregon's 5.227 e.t. at 219.12 mph.
In the semifinals, Worsham survived a pedaling match with Robert Hight in a Ford to advance to the finals against Medlen. Worsham striked the tires right at the start but fought back for a 5.636 e.t. at 307.02 mph as Hight lost traction down track and ran an elapsed time of 5.958 seconds at 219.97 mph. In the finals, it was all Worsham from start to finish as Medlen's Ford lost traction at half-track. After leaving first off the line, Worsham had a winning elapsed time of 4.866 seconds at 319.22 mph to Medlen's 7.960 e.t. and 103.36.
Worsham claimed the $100,000 winner's check and will receive a $50,000 "double-up" bonus from NHRA if he wins tomorrow's eliminations. He is qualified fourth and faces off against Jim Head in the first round tomorrow.
"I'm excited," said Worsham. "It's a great time to turn the year around. We've definitely had a tough year this year, and it's been since Father's Day since we've won a race. Finally we came here, we tested and we found some stuff. We put our car back together, and again, like I said, this is all my dad. He's definitely responsible for this. He made some great tuning decisions for the final and got us this win. We were due for a lucky break and we got helped out, and it's paying off. That would be awesome [if we could win the double-up bonus]. I'll take it home - For Deposit Only!"