WORSHAM TAKES TOYOTA TO WINNER’S CIRCLE AT SEATTLE
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 7, 2011) – Del Worsham defeated Tony Schumacher to win his sixth race of the season in today’s NHRA Full Throttle Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash. The win is the 11th of the season for a Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel driver.
Worsham was the number two qualifier behind fellow Toyota driver Antron Brown, but proved to be the dominant driver of the weekend. He led two of four qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday and then proceeded to register the quickest overall pass in three of the four elimination rounds. Worsham defeated Ron Smith and Shawn Langdon in the opening two rounds, and knocked off Spencer Massey in the semi-finals on the way to earning his sixth victory in seven finals appearances this season.
Brown, who earned his first number one qualifier of the year on Saturday, advanced to his fourth consecutive semi-final. He defeated Morgan Lucas and Doug Kalitta on the way to the semi-finals before falling to Schumacher. He now has one victory and three semi-final appearances in the last four races to close to within 44 points of second place.
Larry Dixon and Langdon both advanced to the second-round before losing today. Dixon lost by just .006 seconds (three feet) to Spencer Massey, while Langdon fell to Worsham. Langdon’s teammate Morgan Lucas struggled through a difficult weekend and was defeated by Brown in the opening round.
In Funny Car, Cruz Pedregon qualified seventh, but was unable to get a clean run in the opening round and fell to Jack Beckman. Despite the early loss, Pedregon clinched his first Countdown to the Championship playoff berth since winning the 2008 Funny Car title.
With the conclusion of the three-race western swing, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will take a week off before resuming action at Brainerd International Raceway for the Lucas Oil Nationals, August 22-24.
Del Worsham, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: “This season has been unreal; to watch this Al-Anabi team work is amazing. This team is so detail oriented and just really good at what they do. The Al-Anabi team did another outstanding job, and they gave me a car that could win. It’s exciting for me to run against the Schumacher Racing cars because I’m new to Top Fuel so everybody I’m racing is new to me. I’ve raced John Force, Cruz Pedregon and Tony Pedregon my entire life so to get to go up against Schumacher and Dixon and the Kalittas, all those guys is fun; it’s something new. As I’ve been saying all season, I’m just lucky to be driving this car.”
Antron Brown, Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: “I guess that was a little payback by Tony for last weekend. That was just two great teams battling it out. Unfortunately, we ended up smoking the tires while Tony had a clean pass. That’s just the way it goes sometimes in this sport. We were perfect against Morgan and Doug, but the track wouldn’t hold what we laid down against Ton. “Despite not being able to go for a second straight Western Swing win, we had a good weekend up here in the Pacific Northwest. “As always, I’m proud of my guys.”
Shawn Langdon, Lucas Oil/Speedco Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: When you are up against a guy like that (Del Worsham) you have to step it up. I had my best light of the weekend, I was .054 (seconds). But Del went .048 on the tree, so we didn’t get anything there. We made a good A to B run, but when you are running the No. 1 guy in the points going A to B doesn't always mean you'll win. That was a big (1st) round for us to get around Grubnic. "We're trying to get points and stay in the Countdown. Getting down to the start of the playoffs, we need to get a little more aggressive and find those extra couple hundredths of a second to make it a more competitive car."