Saturday heat holds Worsham to No. 4 spot
Dallas, Saturday: Del Worsham went 1-for-2 during Saturday's qualifying sessions, posting a solid 4.930 during Q3 and then smoking the tires on a hot and slippery track during the final run. With nary a cloud to be seen, track temperatures kept most of the Funny Car class from climbing or shuffling the ladder any higher than the No. 8 spot. Worsham will enter eliminations from the No.4 position, and will face Countdown driver Jim Head in round one.
"I wasn't even sure we'd even go out and make both runs today, because it was pretty obvious the top four spots were safe from any shuffling," Worsham said. "Of today's two runs, I thought the first one was more important, because it came closer to simulating what we'll have in round one tomorrow, so we went out there and concentrated on getting to the other end under power. It was a nice clean run, and it gave us the baseline to work from tomorrow. We went ahead and took it up there again, for the last run, but instead of just proving to ourselves that we could do it again, we stepped on it a little just to see where the edge was, in case we get late into rounds tomorrow and want to know where the limits are. We weren't exactly going up there trying to smoke the tires, but close to it. We wanted to take our best guess at a tune-up and then push the dial one more click, to see if that went over the edge. I'm glad we did that, because I think we know where the edge is now."
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