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Worsham Stays Hot, Winning The Four-Wides

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, April 17 2011

Del Worsham continued his impressive 2011 Top Fuel campaign by winning the Four-Wide Nationals on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

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Del Worsham, Jack Beckman and Greg Anderson emerged as winners of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. Sunday afternoon.

Worsham won the Top Fuel portion of the event, edging Al-Anabi Racing teammate and defending champion, Larry Dixon.

Worsham gave up four thousandths to Dixon at the starting line (.064 to .068), but he was eighth-thousandths quicker than Dixon (3.813 at 3.821) on the track for a net win-margin of .0048, or about half a foot.

“I told (team manager) Alan (Johnson) it would be only a matter of inches … and it was,” said Worsham, who won for the second time this season and opened up a 77-point lead over Dixon in the Top Fuel point standings.

The Funny Car final was also a close finish with Beckman (4.120, 309.63) crossing the stripe in his Aaron’s Dodge Charger just in front of Bob Tasca’s Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang (4.137, 311.05) for his first win this year and 10th of his career.

“Del talked about peaking too early. I’m not worried about that … I just want to peak,” said Beckman, who won for the first time in more than a year (Phoenix, 2010).

In Pro Stock, four-time and defending Series champion Anderson, from nearby Mooresville, N.C., chased down runner-up Greg Stanfield (6.559, 211.10) right at the stripe with a 6.556-second pass at 211.39 mph to win (by .005) for the first time this year.

“I love this race track and the best part of it is it’s home for me. Just a great, great day. I’m a very happy person,” said Anderson, who extended his NHRA-best streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win to 11.

Also of note for Anderson, who drives the Summit Racing Pontiac GXP, this was his 66th career win, pulling him within one of Tony Schumacher (67) for fifth place on NHRA’s all-time wins list and within three of Kenny Bernstein (69) for fourth place.

“VisitEvery round was like a final, with each one having four cars capable of going the distance,” said Anderson.  “It’s exciting, but you also go up there worrying about getting your tail whipped, so I feel very lucky, and can’t thank the guys on my Summit Racing team enough.

“I felt good going into the final, but certainly didn’t feel like it was my race to lose.  In fact, I thought I would have to step up in order to win.  But I knew I would have a great hot rod, and I felt better about getting a handle on the tree and the entire four-wide racing format, and the circumstances worked out perfectly.

“It was a great final, with all four cars deserving to win.  Each one of us had a .20 light, and three of the four made great runs.  To win one of these races takes a 100% team effort, with no room for error.  Every member of the team, including the driver has to execute perfectly, and today we did, so we get to go home and celebrate. It’s just a wonderful day for KB Racing. I’m relieved that it’s over, but proud of our performance, and ready to move on to Houston and keep this ball rolling.”

The 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series resumes in two weeks with the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Raceway Park in Houston.

Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the Second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway @ Concord.  The race is the fourth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1.  Del Worsham; 2.  Larry Dixon; 3.  Spencer Massey; 4.  Shawn Langdon; 5.  Doug Kalitta; 6.  Tony Schumacher; 7.  Steve Torrence; 8.  Antron Brown; 9.  Terry McMillen; 10.  Morgan Lucas; 11.  Bob Vandergriff; 12.  Doug Herbert; 13.  Brandon Bernstein; 14.  David Grubnic; 15.  Doug Foley; 16.

Dom Lagana.

FUNNY CAR:

1.  Jack Beckman; 2.  Bob Tasca III; 3.  Tim Wilkerson; 4.  Jim Head; 5.  Mike Neff; 6.  John Smith; 7.  Robert Hight; 8.  John Force; 9.  Dale Creasy Jr.; 10.  Tony Pedregon; 11.  Cruz Pedregon; 12.  Johnny Gray; 13.  Jeff Arend; 14.  Ron Capps; 15.  Matt Hagan.

PRO STOCK:

1.  Greg Anderson; 2.  Greg Stanfield; 3.  Dave Connolly; 4.  Vincent Nobile; 5.  Allen Johnson; 6.

Erica Enders; 7.  Mike Edwards; 8.  Ron Krisher; 9.  Larry Morgan; 10.  Kurt Johnson; 11.  Jason Line; 12.  Rodger Brogdon; 13.  Ronnie Humphrey; 14.  V. Gaines; 15.  Warren Johnson; 16.  Shane Gray.

Sunday’s final results from the Second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway @ Concord. The race is the fourth of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Del Worsham, 3.813 seconds, 319.82 mph def. Larry Dixon, 3.821 seconds, 319.90 mph and Spencer Massey, 3.892 seconds, 304.67 mph and Shawn Langdon, 3.974 seconds, 294.31 mph;

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.120, 309.63 def. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.137,

311.05 and Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.158, 306.95 and Jim Head, Toyota Solara, 4.242, 268.17;

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.556, 211.39 def. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.559, 211.10 and Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 6.585, 210.73 and Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 17.216, 50.05;

Final round-by-round results from the Second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway @ Concord, the fourth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Spencer Massey, 3.848, 320.13 and Doug Kalitta, 3.850, 320.97 def. Bob Vandergriff, 4.877, 177.28 and Brandon Bernstein, 5.064, 178.99; Larry Dixon, 3.805, 324.12 and Shawn Langdon, 3.852, 317.94 def. Terry McMillen, 4.021, 271.02 and Dom Lagana, 8.399, 90.67; Tony Schumacher, 3.815, 325.30 and Steve Torrence, 3.869, 315.49 def. Doug Herbert, 6.829, 128.92 and Doug Foley, 8.097, 80.72; Del Worsham, 3.823, 322.11 and Antron Brown, 3.872, 320.05 def. Morgan Lucas, 4.026,

298.01 and David Grubnic, 6.573, 87.58; SEMIFINALS — Worsham, 3.824, 318.24 and Massey, 3.848, 322.88 def. Kalitta, 4.411, 226.05 and Brown, 4.589, 190.67; Dixon, 3.818, 321.88 and Langdon, 3.867, 317.19 def. Schumacher, broke and Torrence, 4.523, 195.05;

FINAL — Worsham, 3.813, 319.82 def. Dixon, 3.821, 319.90, Massey, 3.892, 304.67 and Langdon, 3.974, 294.31.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.079, 313.66 and Mike Neff, Ford Mustang, 4.098, 305.15 def. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala SS, 4.258, 301.07 and Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 4.811, 184.35; Jim Head, Solara, 4.148, 299.93 and John Force, Mustang, 4.173, 297.61 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Impala SS, 4.212, 297.16 and Ron Capps, Charger, 5.289, 153.72; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.125, 310.55 and Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.767, 157.19 def. Johnny Gray, Charger, 5.899, 125.86 and Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.422, 246.75 and John Smith, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.475, 227.96 def. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.996, 249.30 and Matt Hagan, Charger, 6.217, 111.15; SEMIFINALS — Tasca III, 4.137, 308.92 and Wilkerson, 4.158, 305.84 def. Smith, 5.161, 166.37 and Hight, 5.342, 259.86; Beckman, 4.103, 312.57 and Head, 4.184, 304.53 def. Neff, 4.522, 236.22 and Force, 6.070, 113.57;

FINAL — Beckman, 4.120, 309.63 def. Tasca III, 4.137, 311.05, Wilkerson, 4.158, 306.95 and Head, 4.242, 268.17.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.560, 211.96 and Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.927, 162.84 def. Rodger Brogdon, Pontiac GXP, 16.381, 52.32 and V. Gaines, Avenger, 14.449, 60.15; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.546, 211.79 and Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.562, 211.23 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.567, 211.06 and Warren Johnson, Cobalt, 14.850, 63.20; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.563, 211.26 and Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.552, 211.93 def. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.574, 210.24 and Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.572, 211.76; Dave Connolly, Cobalt, 6.567, 211.23 and Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.580, 211.79 def. Jason Line, GXP, 14.036, 61.64 and Shane Gray, GXP, DQ; SEMIFINALS — Nobile, 6.584, 210.93 and Connolly, 6.599, 209.88 def. Enders, 12.594, 69.76 and Krisher, 16.201, 52.02; Stanfield, 6.547, 211.49 and Anderson, 6.549, 210.93 def. A. Johnson, 6.573, 211.20 and Edwards, 13.755, 54.14;

FINAL — Anderson, 6.556, 211.39 def. Stanfield, 6.559, 211.10, Connolly, 6.585, 210.73 and Nobile, 17.216, 50.05.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the Second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway @ Concord, the fourth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1.  Del Worsham, 389; 2.  Larry Dixon, 312; 3.  Antron Brown, 309; 4.  Tony Schumacher, 272; 5. Spencer Massey, 262; 6.  Shawn Langdon, 244; 7.  Doug Kalitta, 216; 8.  Morgan Lucas, 210; 9. Brandon Bernstein, 202; 10.  Steve Torrence, 171.

Funny Car

1.  Robert Hight, 349; 2.  Mike Neff, 300; 3.  Jack Beckman, 289; 4.  Cruz Pedregon, 283; 5.  Matt Hagan, 241; 6.  Johnny Gray, 224; 7.  John Force, 217; 8.  Bob Tasca III, 212; 9.  Ron Capps, 190; 10.  Jeff Arend, 187.

Pro Stock

1.  Greg Anderson, 336; 2.  Jason Line, 333; 3.  Greg Stanfield, 317; 4.  Mike Edwards, 264; 5. Vincent Nobile, 253; 6.  Erica Enders, 221; 7.  Ron Krisher, 220; 8.  Rodger Brogdon, 210; 9. Allen Johnson, 182; 10.  Shane Gray, 166.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, April 17 2011
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