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Del Worsham to Host ‘Nitro Battle at Barona’ May 28th

The Memorial Day weekend is the only weekend off for Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports from the NHRA circuit from now till July. However, instead of taking a break; he has elected to bring nitro Funny Car racing to San Diego for the first time.

“My daughters, Kate and Maddy, are scheduled to race at a Junior drag racing event this week-end,” said Worsham. “However, then I got to talking to Rick (Reynolds, Barona drags track op-erator) and we talked about how cool it would to have some nitro racing out at the event. Rick was totally for it. So I called in some favors and people have been wholly supportive. I cannot believe how quickly everything got put together.”

Worsham will be one of four nitro Funny Cars onsite as he will be running a special scheme high-lighting his 25 years in the sport of drag racing and his three IHRA and NHRA titles as nitro comes to the San Diego area for the first time. The other Funny Cars participating: Gary Densham, driver of the Densham Motorsports nitro Funny Car; Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod nitro Funny Car; and Brandon Welch, driver of the Auto Anything nitro Funny Car.

In addition to the nitro Funny Cars and the Junior drag racing series event, Worsham has recruited several Nostalgia Funny Cars driven by John Weaver, Will Martin, Alex Miladinovich, Dennis Swearingen, James Day and Danny Gerber; and Fuel Altereds driven by Jim Holtz, Nathan Bugg, Jeff Utterback and Rodney Flournoy to truly make this event one-of-a-kind.

Worsham wanted to highlight a few companies that have supported bringing nitro to the San Di-ego area.
“We could not have made this event happen without the support of Auto Anything, CP Carrillo, Kalitta Motorsports, McLeod, Red Line Oil and TMS Titanium, ” said Worsham.

Ticket prices are $25 for those 17 and older and $10 for children ages 10 to 16. Children under the age of 10 are free. The event is expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets soon.

This story was originally published on May 11, 2016. Drag Illustrated

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