The Skoal Showdown during the Mac Tools US Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park came down to two drivers, both with their father as crew chief. Del Worsham, tuned by Chuck Worsham, defeated Eric Medlen, tuned by John Medlen, in the final round...
The Skoal Showdown during the Mac Tools US Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park came down to two drivers, both with their father as crew chief. Del Worsham, tuned by Chuck Worsham, defeated Eric Medlen, tuned by John Medlen, in the final round of the Funny Car bonus event Saturday afternoon to win $100,000.
John Force, who made his record 22nd start in the showdown, was defeated in the first round by teammate Robert Hight. Hight lost to Worsham in a second round pedal fest. Medlen defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. and Gary Scelzi to get to the finals. "Give the credit to my dad. He's worked hard for this," Worsham said as he was handed a briefcase full of money.
Worsham now has a chance to earn a $50,000 bonus if he can win the US Nationals on Monday. "I believe in momentum and I believe in karma and hopefully both of those are on our side right now."
Qualifications for the main event wrapped up late Sunday afternoon. With the sun shining and hot track temperatures, quick times from Saturday held and no new track records were set. The less than ideal track conditions created a difficult and tense situation for teams not yet in the show.
Former Funny Car Champion Cruz Pedregon found himself on the outside looking in after his two attempts on Sunday couldn't get him into the top sixteen. "I'm very, very disappointed," Pedregon conceded. "This is one we'll try to forget and move on. This car is better than that."
Cruz's brother Frank sits in the number three spot, his best of the year. The third Pedregon brother, Tony, made the cut despite working with a new car after Saturday's bizarre incident at the start line and holds onto the fifteenth position.
Tony will meet Robert Hight, second quickest, in the first round of eliminations. "You want to win Indy. It's a bigger deal than anything," Hight remarked. "But with us being in the points battle, I'm just trying to look at every round and not worry about this being Indy." Hight's teammate John Force held on to his first number one qualifying spot of the year.
Pro Stock defending champion Greg Anderson also maintained his number one spot. "I can't say enough about the job my guys have done." Anderson continued, "Our last three runs were perfect. There's nothing like peaking at the right time." But Anderson will be the first to tell you his competition is tough. The Professor, Warren Johnson, sits on the other side of the ladder in second and Kurt Johnson holds third.
Erica Enders qualified tenth for the big race making her the first female since 1971 to qualify for the Nationals in Pro Stock.
Andrew Hines maintained his number one Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying spot. The Brownsburg, IN resident doesn't appear affected by the pomp and circumstance surrounding the US Nationals. "This is the biggest race of the season for fans," Hines admitted. Living two miles from IRP, "I come out here and it's really no big deal for me. It's just another race." Matt Smith grabbed the number two spot followed by Pro Bike Battle champion GT Tonglet in third.
Hines may be one of the few unfazed by the magnitude of Indy. Top Fueler Brandon Bernstein shared "The amount of prestige and excitement surrounding this place, you can just feel it as soon as you walk in." Bernstein holds the fourth qualifying spot on the Top Fuel ladder.
Tony Schumacher maintained his top spot followed by Doug Herbert and Cory McClenathan. The points battle for this class is tight. Doug Kalitta and Schumacher are tied for the points lead going into Monday's race.
Schumacher shared his excitement about the event saying, "The track is outstanding. The crowd will be great. The weather is perfect. The (Top Fuel) points are tied." All these factors are sure to combine to make a memorable day for teams and fans alike.
The Mac Tools US Nationals opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin Monday morning at 9:30am EST.