BRISTOL, Tenn. — Del Worsham has watched with great delight as his Kalitta Motorsports teammates have put together a brilliant start to the 2014 season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. His recent performance in Englishtown, N.J. indicates some of that magic might also be headed his way.
The Funny Car standout put together his best showing of the year at the most recent event, qualifying No. 2 and advancing to his first final round of the year. It was also Worsham’s first final round appearance in a span of 30 races, giving him reason to believe that more success is right around the corner.
The next step is winning for the first time since returning to the Funny Car ranks in 2013 and Worsham and his 10,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Camry will get that chance this weekend at the 14th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
“I do feel like we took a step forward in Englishtown, mainly because we were able to make some good runs without running into mechanical gremlins,” Worsham said. “I think if you really look back to our performance starting at Indy last year we have really made some huge gains in terms of consistency. Last year, although we ran well, we just couldn’t seem to put any Sunday round wins together. This year we started off doing pretty well and ran into some mechanical gremlins. After Englishtown I feel we have moved past those issues and we are ready to catch up with the rest of the Kalitta (Motorsports) teams with some wins.”
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Rodger Brogdon (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event. It is the 10th of 24 events during a 2014 NHRA season that has already featured a number of successful moments for Kalitta Motorsports.
Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta is the points leader in his class having advanced to five final rounds while Funny Car’s Alexis DeJoria earned her first two professional victories earlier this season. Worsham, who was DeJoria’s crew chief in 2012, figures he could be next to taste success on the team, though his own solid start to the season has him currently fourth in points.