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Worsham stays consistent, will race out of 11th spot
Las Vegas, Saturday: The solid and consistent race car Del Worsham put on the track in Houston is showing quite a few indications that it has made the trip with him, to Las Vegas. After planting himself in the No. 12 spot with a solid run on Friday afternoon, Worsham came back on Saturday and put on a consistency clinic. His 4.930 in Q3 was low E.T. of the session, while his speed of 310.63 mph was also top speed in a session that was bedeviling most crew chiefs. On his final lap, during Q4, Worsham stepped it up another notch, posting a 4.916 to finally land in the No. 11 spot, heading into race day. He will face Ron Capps in round one.
"The way it worked here, both of the later sessions ran right at the time when the sun was going down behind the grandstand and the track was just getting better by the second, but it only helped you if you were way back in the order," Worsham said. "We were right in the middle of the pack both times, running kind of right at the moment of the transformation when it went from not-so-good to really good, so I really feel like we're as good as anyone out there when the conditions are the same. As far as I'm concerned, it can be as hot and sunny as it wants to be on Sunday, because our car is just doing great right now, and all it seems to want to do is go down the track.
"Today's first run was maybe the one I like the best, because it was the best run of that session, when we all ran under pretty much identical conditions. We stepped up and made another great lap in Q4, so I really have no complaints about how the car is running. We have a lot of Checker, Schuck's, Kragen people here this weekend, and a lot of their commercial-account guests, so it really does feel great to keep them all smiling."
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