Pomona: Del Worsham preview

* Del Worsham finished seventh in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. It was his first appearance in the Countdown to 1 NHRA Playoffs. * Worsham won three races last season; he visited victory circle in Madison, Ill., Bristol,...

* Del Worsham finished seventh in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings. It was his first appearance in the Countdown to 1 NHRA Playoffs.

* Worsham won three races last season; he visited victory circle in Madison, Ill., Bristol, Tenn. and Richmond, Va.

* One year ago at the Winternationals, Worsham was the No. 2 qualifier; he defeated Bob Bode before losing to Gary Densham in the second round of eliminations. Last November, Worsham was the No. 9 qualifier. He defeated Cruz Pedregon before losing to Ashley Force Hood in the second round of eliminations. Worsham won races at the Pomona track in 2003 and '01.

* The Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car also has a new paint scheme for the 2010 season. The familiar maroon and gold from last year's body has been replaced with a maroon paint scheme with silver, black and gold accents. The Al-Anabi Racing team transporters reflect a similar pattern. In addition, the words Al-Anabi Racing are now displayed inside an oval.

* Worsham has 25 wins in his Funny Car career; he is seventh on the NHRA's all-time Funny Car wins list trailing sixth place by just one win.

Worsham prior to Pomona:

"Part of this is me still adapting to just being the driver, but it doesn't seem like it's time for Pomona. When I was running our family team, I was so busy in the time leading up to the start of the season that I couldn't wait to start racing because the off season was so busy. I guess when the cars and trailers get here it'll feel like it's time for the Winternationals, but really, I haven't done anything with the Al-Anabi team since the test session in Florida a month ago, so it doesn't feel like we're about to go racing.

"I'm about to start my 20th full season as a driver. When Thursday gets here and I get strapped into the car, I'll be just excited as I was when I first strapped into a car in 1991. We all enter the season with equal points so it's a clean slate. We have a new car, and we tested well in West Palm Beach. We have lots of optimism because we have all the parts and pieces with great ownership, a very experienced team and the drive to succeed. On paper, we look great. We just have to take it from the paper and make it reality. The perfect way to get started would be an Al-Anabi Racing victory in the 50th Winternationals."

-source: ajaar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Gary Densham , Cruz Pedregon , Ashley Force , Bob Bode