BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Veteran NHRA competitor Del Worsham earned his Top Fuel license during pre-season testing in Florida last week, confirming his return to the Top Fuel division for Al-Anabi Racing this season.
Worsham satisfied NHRA requirements for obtaining a Top Fuel license during Al-Anabi Racing’s pre-season test session at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway in Jupiter, Fla. NHRA requires a driver to make one pass to half track and two full passes in order to secure a license. Worsham’s passes of 3.820 and 3.786 seconds respectively satisfied NHRA requirements.
Worsham competed in 22 races as a Top Fuel driver between 1993 and 1995.
“It was unreal. Top Fuel cars have changed a lot since I last drove them,” Worsham said. “It accelerates very hard. The sensation of speed is so great in a Top Fuel car, and I didn’t remember that. You can just really feel the power and how fast you’re going. Dragsters are faster than Funny Cars by nature, but sitting so low, you can see things going by, which gives you a reference of how fast you’re actually going. Funny Cars don’t give you that at all.
“It’s something new and it’s fun going fast and driving something different,” Worsham said. “As of right now I don’t know which I like better, but Top Fuel is exciting. In the dragster, it’s almost like someone is behind you and pushing you. In the Funny Car, it feels like you’re being pulled. It’s completely different.”