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Del Worsham keeps on winning. (File photo courtesy of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)

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Del Worsham just keeps on winning in the Top Fuel category of the NHRA.

The Al-Anabi Racing driver’s latest victory came Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash. It was his sixth victory of 2011 and it came against Tony Schumacher in the finals.

Also winning at the final event of the NHRA’s Western Swing were Tim Wilkerson in Funny Car and Jason Line in Pro Stock.

Wilkerson moved up to ninth in the point standings with his 17th career victory and greatly improved his chances for earning a berth in the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six-race playoffs which begin Sept. 15-18 in Charlotte, N.C.

Wilkerson powered his Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang to a 4.146 second run at 300.53 mph to defeat final round opponent Jack Beckman, whose Aaron’s/Valvoline Dodge Charger lost traction near mid-track and finished in 4.598 at 238.64.

Wilkerson beat Brian Thiel, Tony Pedregon and Robert Hight to advance to his second consecutive final round and third of the season.

“We’ve really got a good handle on this place for sure,” said Wilkerson, who also won here in 2009 and 2010. “This win really couldn’t come at a better time for this team. Hopefully we can stay on this roll and take it on to Brainerd and right into Indy (Mac Tools U.S. Nationals). This win is definitely a big morale boost for my team and really helps our position in the Countdown for sure.”

Wilkerson moved to ninth in the standings with the win, while points leader Mike Neff lost in the first round, but holds a 125-point advantage over teammate Hight.

Worsham, who posted a 3.891 at 316.38 in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to hold of Schumacher’s 3.915 at 313.95 in his U.S. Army dragster, joined Ron Capps as the only drivers to win in both nitro categories at the Seattle track.

Worsham, who beat Ron Smith, Shawn Langdon and Spencer Massey in the first three rounds, won Funny Car here in 1999.

“It’s been unreal,” said Worsham, who extended his series points lead to 126 over second place Massey. “To watch this Al-Anabi team work is amazing. They gave me a great car that could win. This team is so detail oriented and just really good at what they do.”

Line took his fourth Pro Stock win of the season and 25th of his career by beating teammate Greg Anderson in the final round. Line covered the distance in 6.553 at 210.87 in his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to finish in front of defending world champ Anderson, who trailed with a 6.567 at 211.13, also in a Summit GXP.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Line, who beat Ron Krisher, Vincent Nobile and Rodger Brogdon in earlier rounds. “I had a great feeling that if I did my job today that we had a car that could win this race. We made some changes to the car from Sonoma and it ran good all weekend. It was phenomenal. I was able to let the clutch out on time today and it worked out for us.”

With the victory, Line increased his series lead to 27 over Anderson.

Several drivers secured Countdown playoff berths, including Hight, Beckman and Cruz Pedregon in Funny Car, and Nobile, Erica Enders, Allen Johnson, Brogdon and Greg Stanfield in Pro Stock.

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues Aug. 18-21 with the 30th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway, the penultimate event in the regular season.

Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.  The race is the 14th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1.  Del Worsham; 2.  Tony Schumacher; 3.  Antron Brown; 4.  Spencer Massey; 5.  Larry Dixon; 6. Brandon Bernstein; 7.  Shawn Langdon; 8.  Doug Kalitta; 9.  Bob Vandergriff; 10.  Steven Chrisman; 11.  Troy Buff; 12.  Morgan Lucas; 13.  Ron Smith; 14.  David Grubnic; 15.  Scott Palmer; 16. Terry McMillen.

FUNNY CAR:

1.  Tim Wilkerson; 2.  Jack Beckman; 3.  Robert Hight; 4.  Matt Hagan; 5.  Ron Capps; 6.  Bob Tasca III; 7.  Tony Pedregon; 8.  John Force; 9.  Melanie Troxel; 10.  Brian Thiel; 11.  Jeff Diehl; 12. Jeff Arend; 13.  Johnny Gray; 14.  Mike Neff; 15.  Gary Densham; 16.  Cruz Pedregon.

PRO STOCK:

1.  Jason Line; 2.  Greg Anderson; 3.  Erica Enders; 4.  Rodger Brogdon; 5.  V. Gaines; 6.  Vincent Nobile; 7.  Allen Johnson; 8.  Mike Edwards; 9.  Larry Morgan; 10.  Shane Gray; 11.  Ronnie Humphrey; 12.  Greg Stanfield; 13.  Kurt Johnson; 14.  Warren Johnson; 15.  Ron Krisher.

KENT, Wash. — Sunday’s final results from the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. The race is the 14th of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Del Worsham, 3.891 seconds, 316.38 mph  def. Tony Schumacher, 3.915 seconds, 313.95 mph.

Funny Car — Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.146, 300.53  def. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.598, 238.64.

Pro Stock — Jason Line, Pontiac GXP, 6.553, 210.87  def. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.567, 211.13.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Joey Severance, 5.439, 261.52  def. Megan McKernan, 5.533, 258.22.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Alexis De Joria, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.611, 260.26  def. Brian Hough, Ford Mustang, 5.648, 253.99.

Competition Eliminator — Mike McKeigue, Dodge Stratus, 7.392, 184.57  def. Casey Plaizier, Chevy Cavalier, 8.191, 164.43.

Super Stock — Jody Lang, Chevy Malibu, 11.139, 87.78  def. Rick McKinney, Olds Cutlass, 12.054, 87.41.

Stock Eliminator — Jody Lang, Chevy Malibu Wagon, 13.302, 77.22  def. Joe Sorensen, Chevy Camaro, foul.

Super Comp — Brad Plourd, Dragster, 8.913, 160.65  def. Ken Mostowich, Chevy Cavalier, 8.918, 168.79.

Super Gas — Kevin Kleineweber, Chevy Lumina, 9.899, 162.33  def. Mike Ferderer, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.885, 169.36.

Super Street — Allen Macham, Chevy Nova, 10.929, 133.43  def. Justin Sibley, Chevy Camaro, 10.932, 129.98.

Final round-by-round results from the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, the 14th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Doug Kalitta, 4.626, 280.14 def. Terry McMillen, 9.624, 89.03; Shawn Langdon, 3.985, 291.26 def. David Grubnic, 7.050, 80.21; Larry Dixon, 3.843, 314.68 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.914, 311.92; Tony Schumacher, 3.884, 311.20 def. Steven Chrisman, 4.000, 290.63; Del Worsham, 3.839, 316.30 def. Ron Smith, 5.302, 122.00; Spencer Massey, 4.904, 197.62 def. Scott Palmer, 8.225, 88.44; Antron Brown, 3.883, 315.71 def. Morgan Lucas, 4.540, 182.60; Brandon Bernstein, 3.911, 309.63 def. Troy Buff, 4.001, 293.47;

QUARTERFINALS — Schumacher, 3.893, 314.90 def. Bernstein, 3.915, 314.09; Brown, 3.868, 316.97 def. Kalitta, foul; Massey, 3.873, 317.27 def. Dixon, 3.874, 313.37; Worsham, 3.893, 315.93 def. Langdon, 3.916, 311.70;

SEMIFINALS — Worsham, 3.882, 313.51 def. Massey, 6.243, 98.53; Schumacher, 3.903, 313.66 def. Brown, 4.995, 165.29;

FINAL — Worsham, 3.891, 316.38 def. Schumacher, 3.915, 313.95.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.213, 299.40 def. Brian Thiel, Dodge Charger, 4.254, 296.96; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.133, 307.02 def. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.500, 206.64; John Force, Mustang, 4.377, 290.26 def. Jeff Diehl, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.349, 287.53; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.125, 307.37 def. Gary Densham, Charger, 5.394, 137.12; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.162, 300.26 def. Melanie Troxel, Toyota Solara, 4.202, 304.46; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.146, 305.77 def. Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.461, 250.69; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.153, 307.09 def. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 6.406, 107.77; Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala SS, 4.205, 302.41 def. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.393, 293.28;

QUARTERFINALS — Beckman, 4.168, 305.29 def. Force, 6.768, 95.15; Hagan, 4.166, 294.24 def. Capps, 4.193, 296.44; Hight, 4.966, 189.02 def. Tasca III, 5.715, 237.13; Wilkerson, 4.166, 299.53 def. T. Pedregon, 6.304, 106.43;

SEMIFINALS — Beckman, 4.160, 297.42 def. Hagan, 5.301, 136.44; Wilkerson, 4.145, 299.00 def. Hight, 4.206, 297.55;

FINAL — Wilkerson, 4.146, 300.53 def. Beckman, 4.598, 238.64.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — V. Gaines, Dodge Avenger, 8.873, 101.87 def. Warren Johnson, Pontiac GXP, 12.479, 75.24; Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.588, 210.01 def. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.604, 210.18; Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.564, 210.44 def. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 7.709, 153.47; Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.540, 210.87 was unopposed; Jason Line, GXP, 6.531, 211.06 def. Ron Krisher, GXP, broke; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.561, 210.70 def. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.593, 209.30; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.587, 210.54 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.591, 210.37; Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.583, 209.49 def. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 7.085, 153.20;

QUARTERFINALS — Enders, 6.573, 209.88 def. A. Johnson, 6.609, 210.60; Brogdon, 6.589, 209.65 def. Edwards, 6.732, 209.49; Line, 6.561, 210.60 def. Nobile, foul; Anderson, 6.574, 210.14 def. Gaines, 6.595, 209.69;

SEMIFINALS — Anderson, 6.562, 210.44 def. Enders, 6.570, 210.18; Line, 6.553, 210.24 def. Brogdon, 6.586, 209.62;

FINAL — Line, 6.553, 210.87 def. Anderson, 6.567, 211.13.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, the 14th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1.  Del Worsham, 1,256; 2.  Spencer Massey, 1,130; 3.  Antron Brown, 1,086; 4.  Tony Schumacher, 1,061; 5.  Larry Dixon, 1,034; 6.  Doug Kalitta, 751; 7.  Brandon Bernstein, 691; 8.  Shawn Langdon, 662; 9.  Morgan Lucas, 626; 10.  David Grubnic, 550.

Funny Car

1.  Mike Neff, 1,132; 2.  Robert Hight, 1,007; 3.  Jack Beckman, 994; 4.  Cruz Pedregon, 909; 5. Matt Hagan, 861; 6.  Ron Capps, 828; 7.  John Force, 827; 8.  Jeff Arend, 729; 9.  Tim Wilkerson, 711; 10.  Bob Tasca III, 665.

Pro Stock

1.  Jason Line, 1,110; 2.  Greg Anderson, 1,083; 3.  Mike Edwards, 1,059; 4.  Vincent Nobile, 905; 5.  Erica Enders, 874; 6.  Allen Johnson, 872; 7.  Rodger Brogdon, 845; 8.  Greg Stanfield, 840; 9. Shane Gray, 637; 10.  Ron Krisher, 595.

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