BRAINERD, Minn. — A disappointing three-race stretch on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Western Swing could have left Del Worsham frustrated entering the key point of the year.
Instead, the Funny Car standout is eager to return to action and get his 2014 season turned around at the perfect time.
Worsham will have a chance to reverse his recent fortunes at this weekend’s 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway. After first-round losses at each of the three stops during the NHRA Western Swing and with the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship swiftly approaching, Worsham knows improved results are crucial in his 10,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Camry.
But the good news is Worsham seems motivated as ever to get the desired results for his Kalitta Motorsports team.
“After the results of the Western Swing, I’m very motivated to get back out there,” Worsham said. “The DHL Toyota Camry is a much better running car and our team is much better than our results have shown this summer. I believe we will show that we are much better in Brainerd. I think by having a week off we can regroup by going back and reflecting on the places where we’ve been lacking. Plus, a little rest after a long spring and summer doesn’t hurt anyone.”
Brainerd isn’t a must-win scenario for Worsham, but a strong a performance is necessary and the former Top Fuel world champion certainly wouldn’t mind getting his first-ever victory at the track.
It would also position Worsham nicely heading into the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Since finishing as the runner-up in Englishtown, Worsham has dropped from fourth to ninth in points, leading 11th place Jack Beckman by 63 points, and has just one round win in his past four outings.