Del Worsham breaks Funny Car record at Northwest Nationals
KENT, Wash. (AP) Del Worsham broke the Funny Car elapsed-time national record twice Saturday to take the top qualifying spot in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
Worsham, the defending season champion, had a 3.841-second pass at 330.15 mph in his Toyota Camry in the first season. In the second session, Worsham powered to the quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history with a 3.832 at 330.88 to again reset the national time record.
Worsham claimed his second consecutive No. 1 qualifier, third of the season and 20th of his career. He won at Pacific Raceways in Funny Car in 1999 and Top Fuel in 2011.
''We brought this car out at Denver and this thing has just been on fire,'' Worsham said. ''The car ran great numbers at Denver, went to Sonoma and qualified No. 1, and came here to Seattle and ran record times. It's coming together at the right time of the year, but tomorrow is when it counts.''
The Funny Car class featured the top-five quickest passes in category history.
Tony Schumacher led Top Fuel qualifying, and Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field.
Schumacher took his 80th No. 1 qualifier and first of the season with a 3.686 at 323.58. The eight-time season champion has three victories at the track.
Nobile had a 6.527 at 211.49 in a Chevy Camaro.