NHRA Driver
Del Worsham
Worsham
  • Date of birth:
    February 11, 1970
  • Hometown:
    Chino Hills, Calif.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    DHL Toyota
  • Crew Chief:
    Nick Boninfante and Jon Oberhofer
  • Career Wins: 34
    TF: 8 FC: 26
  • Career Final Rounds: 54
    TF: 11 FC: 43
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.992
  • Career Best Speed:
    321.88
Career Highlights
  • 2013: Raced to a runner-up finish at Gainesville; Posted No. 1 qualifying position at Bristol; Used a semifinal performance at Indianapolis to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs; Finished eighth in the points standings; Raced to career-best performances at Chicago, including his first three-second run in FC
  • 2012: Served as crew chief of Alexis DeJoria and the Patron Tequila Funny Car team
  • 2011: Won the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship, the first season title of his career; posted eight wins in 11 final-round appearances; set the national e.t. record at 3.735 seconds; competed in Top Fuel for the first time since 1995
  • 2010: Runner-up at Englishtown; Raced to a No. 1 qualifying effort at Las Vegas 1; Advanced to the Countdown playoffs for the second time; Improved to a sixth-place finish in the playoffs after a ninth-place finish in the regular season; Earned his 14th career Full Throttle Series top 10 finish
  • 2009: Posted three wins in three final-round appearances; Finished seventh in the final NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings; Made his first appearance in the Countdown to 1 playoffs; Set career-best for time and speed
  • 2008: Earned his final win with the family-run team headed by his father Chuck; Posted one semifinal finish and five quarterfinal appearances
  • 2007: Qualified for last 21 races in a row for longest active streak in Funny Car entering 2008; Earned fourth career No. 1 qualifier (Reading) and first since Las Vegas 2 (2004); Controlled his own destiny at final regular season race, but a loss in the semis to Tony Pedregon left him 38 points shy of qualifying for the Countdown to 4; Reached the finals in St. Louis and Sonoma
  • 2006: Advanced to at least the quarterfinals at seven of first eight races; Set career best for time at Pomona 2; Qualified for first eight events, extending his streak to 98 consecutive races before it was snapped at Topeka
  • 2005: Won the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and the $50,000 “double-up” bonus for also winning the $100,000 Skoal Showdown; Was a perfect 2-for-2 in final rounds (also won in Englishtown); Set career bests for time and speed; Qualified for all 23 events, upping his streak to 90 consecutive races
  • 2004: Career-best finish in the final POWERade point standings, and his fourth consecutive finish in the top four; Tied John Force for category lead for victories on the season with a career-best five wins; His win at Phoenix moved him atop the POWERade point standings for the first time in his career; Was the No. 1 qualifier at Las Vegas 2, his first top qualifying position since Houston 2001; Set a career-best for elimination round wins in a season (41); Established career-bests for E.T. and speed; Qualified for all 23 events, upping his streak to 67 consecutive events without a DNQ dating back to Gainesville 2002, sixth-best among all active pro drivers prior to the start of the 2005 season
  • 2003: Finished in the top 10 for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time overall; won 31 elimination rounds, the second highest season total of his career; established career best numbers for time and speed; one of four Funny Car drivers to qualify for all 23 events
  • 2002: Matched a career-best finish in the standings; Earned four victories for the second straight season and was the runner-up twice; Matched a career-best with 35 elimination round victories
  • 2001: Was nominated as Funny Car Driver of the Year by Car Craft Magazine; Finished third in the standings; Won four events
  • 2000: Reached five semifinals; Lowered personal-best E.T. three times
  • 1999: Named part of McDonald’s Happy Meal promotion in which 8 million miniature CSK Funny Cars were distributed
  • 1998: Earned position in Castrol 4-Second Club; With father and grandmother, won Blaine Johnson Award
  • 1996: Only privateer car in top 10 of the NHRA championship point standings; Reached five semifinals
  • 1995: Ran full season, qualified at 10 races
  • 1994: Missed 12 weeks of season due to burns suffered in engine explosion; Ran limited schedule in Roger Primm's Top Fuel dragster
  • 1993: Ran limited schedule, splitting time between a Funny Car and a Top Fuel dragster
  • 1992: Runner-up at three events
  • 1991: Named NHRA Rookie of the Year; At 21 years old, Worsham became the youngest driver ever to win a Funny Car event
  • 1990: Made professional debut at Pomona 2

Personal
  • Wife: Connie
  • Twin Daughters: Katelyn and Madelyn (3/4/02)
  • Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 175 pounds
  • Hobbies:Playing with his children, reading, golf, bowling

 
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