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K&N Filters Funny Car Ready to Roll at 2008 ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals

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A change of colors in the Funny Car pit area could bring a change of fortune to Del Worsham at this weekend’s AC Delco Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Fans and racers walking through the pit area could do a few double-takes when they see the familiar Checker, Schuck’s Kragen transporter decorated in the orange, red and black of K&N Filters.

Del Worsham will drive the K&N Filters car for the first time at Gainesville
Del Worsham will drive the K&N Filters funny car for the first time at the Gatornationals Del Worsham uses K&N oil filter HP-5001
Del Worsham funny car uses K&N oil filter HP-5001
K&N is the team’s associate sponsor, but for the next two NHRA races K&N will be the primary sponsor as Team Worsham puts the striking new K&N car on the track for the first time when qualifying begins at Gainesville on Friday. 
The basic features are complete on the K&N car, but it still needs a few more things that will be finsihed in Gainesville The K&N car was made in the colors of K&N Filters
K&N NHRA Funny Car exterior will display K&N colors at the NHRA AC Delco Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida

After stumbling out of the gate at the season’s first two events, Del Worsham said he is looking forward to changing it up at the Gatornationals. “It’s a beautiful car, and I’m honored to drive it for the great people at K&N Filters,” said Worsham. “K&N has been part of our program for a number of years. I know we can come out in Gainesville and be more than just competitive. Checker, Schuck’s Kragen is still on the wing of the car instead of all over the sides and hood and we can still put them in the Winner’s Circle. They’ll just have to share the fun with K&N.”

The K&N car is made from solid colors of basic vinyl, which are die-cut and applied to the car, said Bob Wilber, Team Manager. “This one is designed to look big, bold and very K&N,” he said. “It’s a really cool looking race car.”

This year’s version of the historic Gatornationals will mark the third consecutive year in which K&N has taken over the primary sponsorship on a Team CSK Funny Car, but it’s the first time Worsham will be doing the driving himself. Phil Burkart drove the K&N car in 2006 and Jeff Arend in 2007. Now, as a single-car team, Worsham will drive the orange and black K&N Impala.

“Without companies like K&N, who work with us all year to make sure we have what we need, we wouldn’t be able to fight it out on anything close to a level playing field,” said Worsham. “I’m glad I’m getting the chance to drive his car, at Gainesville and at the next race in Houston.”

The key for Team Worsham is performance. They smoked the tires twice in Phoenix and were only on the track for two runs because of rain. After the race they tested and went right down the track. “I know we would have been fine if we had four runs that day,” said Worsham. “This past weekend, we went to Valdosta and tested there and the car was great. We’re doing all the right things, and this hard work should really pay off.”

The payoff for Worsham and his team could come on the Gainesville track, where he has experience in all the segments of the results spectrum. He’s failed to make the show in the past, has won some big rounds, and claimed the Wally at the Gatornationals as well, taking the win the 2004.

In 2007, the Gators marked the start of Worsham’s resurgence. “We came in here in exactly the same situation last year, and squeaked in the show in the 16th spot,” he said. “We actually didn’t run that well here, and lost in the first round, but it got us going and we picked up pretty well after that. There’s no reason we can’t qualify in the top half and win the race. That would be a great way to thank the people at K&N for all they’ve done for us.”

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