Top Fuel driver Del Worsham nosed out Al-Anabi teammate Larry Dixon by four thousandths of a second to win the Second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway Sunday. The other winners at the fourth of 22 races in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season were Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock).
Worsham gave up four thousandths to Dixon at the starting line (.064 to .068), but he was eighth-thousandths quicker than Dixon (3.813 at 3.821) on the track for a net win-margin of .0048, or about half a foot.
“I told (team manager) Alan (Johnson) it would be only a matter of inches...and it was,” said Worsham, who won for the second time this season and opened up a 77-point lead over Dixon in the Top Fuel point standings.
The Funny Car final was also a close finish with Beckman (4.120, 309.63) crossing the stripe in his Aaron's Dodge Charger just in front of Bob Tasca's Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang (4.137, 311.05) for his first win this year and 10th of his career.
“Del talked about peaking too early. I'm not worried about that, I just want to peak,” said Beckman, who won for the first time in more than a year (Phoenix, 2010).
In Pro Stock, four-time and defending Series champion Anderson, from nearby Mooresville, N.C., chased down runner-up Greg Stanfield (6.559, 211.10) right at the stripe with a 6.556sec pass at 211.39mph to win (by .005) for the first time this year.
“I love this racetrack and the best part of it is it's home for me. Just a great, great day. I'm a very happy person,” said Anderson, who extended his NHRA-best streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win to 11.
Also of note for Anderson, who drives the Summit Racing Pontiac GXP, this was his 66th career win, pulling him within one of Tony Schumacher (67) for fifth place on NHRA's all-time wins list and within three of Kenny Bernstein (69) for fourth place.
The 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series resumes in two weeks with the 24th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Raceway Park in Houston.
Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the Second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway.
1. Del Worsham; 2. Larry Dixon; 3. Spencer Massey; 4. Shawn Langdon; 5. Doug Kalitta; 6. Tony Schumacher; 7. Steve Torrence; 8. Antron Brown; 9. Terry McMillen; 10. Morgan Lucas; 11. Bob Vandergriff; 12. Doug Herbert; 13. Brandon Bernstein; 14. David Grubnic; 15. Doug Foley; 16. Dom Lagana.
1. Jack Beckman; 2. Bob Tasca III; 3. Tim Wilkerson; 4. Jim Head; 5. Mike Neff; 6. John Smith; 7. Robert Hight; 8. John Force; 9. Dale Creasy Jr.; 10. Tony Pedregon; 11. Cruz Pedregon; 12. Johnny Gray; 13. Jeff Arend; 14. Ron Capps; 15. Matt Hagan.
1. Greg Anderson; 2. Greg Stanfield; 3. Dave Connolly; 4. Vincent Nobile; 5. Allen Johnson; 6. Erica Enders; 7. Mike Edwards; 8. Ron Krisher; 9. Larry Morgan; 10. Kurt Johnson; 11. Jason Line; 12. Rodger Brogdon; 13. Ronnie Humphrey; 14. V. Gaines; 15. Warren Johnson; 16. Shane Gray.
Top Fuel -
- Del Worsham, 3.813sec, 319.82mph def. Larry Dixon, 3.821sec, 319.90mph and Spencer Massey, 3.892sec, 304.67mph and Shawn Langdon, 3.974sec, 294.31mph;
Funny Car-- Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.120, 309.63 def. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.137,
311.05 and Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.158, 306.95 and Jim Head, Toyota Solara, 4.242, 268.17;
Pro Stock -- Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.556, 211.39 def. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.559, 211.10 and Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 6.585, 210.73 and Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 17.216, 50.05;