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WORSHAM BRUISED BUT NOT BROKEN

DSC_0077.JPGDel Worsham was back at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona by eight this morning, ready
to defend his provisional pole slot in Saturday’s two qualifying
sessions. Although Worsham suffered a broken tail bone, there’s nothing doctors
can do to help the healing.

His Chuck Worsham-led Team CSK added a bit
of padding for Del’s seat and sent him out this morning with a repaired Chevy
Monte Carlo body shell on a former Mike Ashley chassis, which Ashley used when
he and Worsham were teammates. Worsham’s rear wing, destroyed in yesterday’s
wreck, was replaced by a spare from teammate Phil Burkart’s Havoline special
edition car.

BACK UP CAR WORKS FINE FOR KALITTA

kalittaDSD_0931.JPGDoug Kalitta's 4.452-second blast at 328.22 mph came in a back-up version of the
Mac Tools Dragster that replaced the one that was damaged in Saturday's opening
session. It was the car he drove for the first third of the season.

"Rahn
said if it feels good, just run it through. If it goes out and does anything
stupid, shut it off," Kalitta said.

THE POMONA PRO STOCK SHUFFLE

The Auto Club Finals Pro Stock field is as notable for who’s missing on the
16-car grid. The Professor, Warren Johnson failed to qualify (he was 21st of 25
and struggled all weekend), as did Richie Stevens Jr, as noted above. Larry
Morgan could only manage the 19th quickest speed and Max Naylor, in competition
for rookie honors had the 20th best lap. Captain Chaos will miss the season
finale, as Kenny Koretsky failed to get a capable speed, slotting in at
22nd.

FIRE IN THE HOLE

Saturday's qualifying for the AAA Auto Club Finals produced a couple of
fireballs captured by Brian Losness.

POMONA - FINAL QUALIFYING

       

 

KALITTA, BECKMAN, LINE
AND HINES EARN NO. 1 QUALIFYING HONORS AT AUTO CLUB NHRA
FINALS

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Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta outran championship rival Tony
Schumacher with a dramatic 4.452-second pass in the final qualifying
session of the Auto Club NHRA Finals to earn the No. 1 qualifying
position heading Sunday's 11 a.m. eliminations.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro
Stock Motorcycle) also qualified on top of their respective categories
at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in the final of 23 races in the $50
million POWERade Drag Racing Series.

TOWNSEND WILL SIT OUT 2007

Seven-time NHRA North Central Division Champion Danny Townsend will take a “bye”
on driving in 2007. The announcement came from Townsend’s Muncie, Ind., home,
where he is recovering from a final round accident at the September NHRA Lucas
Oil Drag Racing Series event in Columbus, Ohio.

“I’m just about 100
percent recovered from the crash,” he said. “I feel great, but, based on
discussions with my medical team, I believe it best that I pass on 2007 and look
at 2008 for a come back.”

IHRA ANNOUNCES 2007 PRO MODIFIED RULES

The IHRA announced their Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified rules for 2007 on Friday afternoon. The following represents the new regulations.

 

JOE HARTLEY BLAZES IT UP

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Photographer Brian Losness captured this blazer from Joe Hartley during Friday's qualifying.

FRIDAY POMONA QUALIFYING

 SCHUMACHER, WORSHAM, LINE AND HINES LEAD QUALIFYING AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS; Spectacular Worsham crash closes second day qualifying at Auto Club Raceway
at Pomona

 

 

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Tony Schumacher led Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Schumacher followed Thursday's 4.490-second pass
with a 4.506 to maintain the
No. 1 position in the provisional field at
Auto Club Raceway at
Pomona.

Del Worsham, Jason Line and Andrew Hines also were qualifying
leaders in their categories at the final of 23 races in the $50 million
NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series.

 

 

       

 

 

WORSHAM SUFFERS DEVASTATING CRASH

DSC_0077.JPGDel Worsham was released from Pomona Valley Hospital shortly after 7:00 pm
on Friday.   Though his car was a total wreck after his spectacular and
horrifying wreck on Friday, his body came out of the experience in slightly
better shape.    Worsham suffered a few small lacerations to both shins,
caused by the violence of the end-over-end wreck at high speed, but had
those either stitched up or bandaged with no ill effects.  Slightly more
serious were x-rays which revealed a cracked tail bone.  Doctors at Pomona
Valley informed Worsham he would be able to race with no danger of further
injury.

"They basically told me it was up to me, and how I can manage the
pain," Worsham said.  "It's an injury they really can't treat, you just
need to let it heal and you know it's going to hurt for a while.  The
ER doctor who cared for me was really fantastic, and everyone from the
ambulance guys to the people in the emergency room took great care of
me
and my wife Connie, who was with me.   The doctor was explaining what they
saw on the x-rays, and he was also pretty interested in what we do and how
it all happened.  I had the worst view of it of everyone, of course, and I
still haven't seen the video, but I think we gave him a pretty good idea of
everything that happened.  He actually wants to come out to the race on
Sunday, so that would be cool.

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