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Worsham's hopes hinge on hooking up the horsepower
, pre-race: Looking back over the past two years, Del Worsham has no problem spotting the moments when things went well, when he knew his race car was back in sync enough to win races. Others may see a star driver now on a winless streak lasting more than two full seasons, but Worsham knows there have been numerous times when, but for the want of an inch here or a foot there, he easily could have made the trip to the winner's circle. The trick of course, through good times and bad, is to make big power while also managing to cleanly apply it to the racing surface, and as Worsham heads to
No team is completely immune to the wide variety of ailments that can infect a race car. Whether it's dropped cylinders, tire smoke, or the more costly proposition of engine explosions, the volatility of drag racing on nitro will, at some point, cause every tuner and driver to experience a few sleepless nights, wondering where the mojo went and how they can get it back. For Worsham, it's all about maintaining that delicate balance of speed and traction, and although the stress of his winless streak wears on him, he's sure it will finally end.
"I never say never, and I never promise things I can't guarantee, but I know in my heart that we can win," Worsham said. "For whatever reason, or string of reasons, we've been experiencing just about every form of frustration you can imagine for the last couple of years. We've run great and lost by inches. We've gotten lost and blown up everything in the trailer. We've bounced back but somehow been unable to close the deal. When we break out of this and win a race, I firmly believe we'll go on a roll. We're good enough, we work hard enough, and we have a fast car. We just need to get this big ape off our backs and break out of it.
"And, you know, as bad as our results have been this year, we're actually better off than we were a year ago. Last season, we came into Houston with two DNQs and a first-round loss, so we only had 51 points and were pretty much buried down around 20th place in the points. Now, we've got the same two DNQs, but we won a round in
Worsham's 2007 semifinal showing in
Now, in 2008, Worsham heads for
"If the weather cooperates in
"This year, all I want to do is to keep making progress and keep making solid laps. We put a pair of really nice runs on the board in
And should Worsham qualify well and string four good laps together on Sunday, placing his K&N Filters/CSK Chevy in the Winner's Circle, he most likely will have done it by hooking up the horsepower.
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