By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Virginia NHRA Nationals will have a familiar face this weekend. Del Worsham, who will be driving his Worsham Family Racing Funny Car, will be racing this weekend.
Worsham will be making his first appearance in five race weekends. He last raced at the SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas, where he went to the second round.
He was defeated in the second round to the Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman, who went 5.286. Worsham went 5.563 in the losing effort.
He parked his car after the NHRA SpringNationals, because he said he was looking for funding. Yet, he has been backed by Lucas Oil when he was out there earlier this season.
We will not know if he’ll be backed by Lucas Oil, or another company until we get on-site at the NHRA Virginia Nationals Friday morning.
He was also backed by Lucas Oil last season, too, after saying he was having funding issues. After losing out on a Countdown to the Championship Top 10 finish at Indianapolis, Worsham decided to do select races over the final six last season.
Worsham will be apart of an 18 Funny Car field. He will join John Smith and Phil Burkhart Jr., as part-timers, who will be racing this weekend.
While two Funny Cars will be going home after Saturday’s qualifying, Worsham is hoping that he will not be one of them. He is the last active driver, who won at this facility, as he was the last Funny Car eliminations in 2009 at the NHRA Virginia Nationals.
Besides Worsham, Brandon Bernstein also won in Top Fuel. Mike Edwards was the event in Pro Stock at the last event in 2009.
Worsham is one of two active Funny Car winners, as living legend John Force won four times at this track in his career. Top Fuel pilot Doug Kalitta and Pro Stock driver Jason Line also have won in Virginia.
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