A four-time champion, Taylor has also won 40 NHRA national events in Stock, Super Stock, Comp, and Super Comp. Five of the SS/AH cars that were on hand for the rainshortened NHRA Mopar Hemi Challenge did not make it back for the opening round of eliminations. Over the past two seasons, Worner and his father, Tim, and brother Bryan have combined to win four NHRA national event titles in Super Stock.
SUPER STOCK — 5th annual Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, Sept. 25-27, Hebron, Ohio Worner on track for top 10 finish after latest victory (Right) After winning the Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, Byron Worner, center, was congratulated by, from left, Jeg Coughlin Sr., Division 3 Director Jay Hullinger, National Trail Raceway track operator Jim Layton, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Above) In the final, Worner, near lane, drove to a perfect 9.926 on his 9.92 dial to get the best of four-time national champion Jeff Taylor. by Kevin McKenna consistently. I would run a race and then sit home for four weeks. B y winning the Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals Super Stock title, Byron Worner has put himself in prime position to post Now, I’ve been out here four out of the last six weeks, and it has made a difference. I am back on my the first top 10 finish of his career. After game as far as my driving goes.” defeating former world champion Jeff Taylor in For Worner, the Northern the final, Worner currently stands 21st but has SPORTSnationals was almost like the tale of tough. I hit the brakes hard and still ran right on several opportunities to improve his score before two races and not just because the event was the dial. I was .003-second away from being on the the end of the season. delayed until Monday by rain. He skated wrong end of it. That was one of my luckier rounds.” “That [top 10] is the goal every year,” said through the first three rounds on red-lights by Waiting for Worner in the final was Taylor, a Worner, who finished 12th in 2008 and 13th in all of his opponents but was then faced with a surefire Hall of Famer who has appeared in nearly 2006. “A couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have talent-filled lineup that made him work for each 60 final rounds and has won more than two-thirds of thought I had a shot at it, but I’ve been doing and every round-win, including touring Pro them. Taylor, coming off a couple of confidence- much better lately. I didn’t get out of the third Mark Faul, Division 3 hitter Jeremy Duncan, building wins against championship hopefuls Jimmy round until the [Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals]. I James Antonette Jr., and Taylor. DeFrank and Brad Zaskowski, put up a solid run in think that’s due to the fact that I wasn’t racing “I was pretty fortunate to get to Monday,” said the final with a .030 light and a 9.02 on his 9.01 Worner. “The race against Antonette was really dial, but Worner trumped him with a dead-on 9.92. About the winning car “I knew who was waiting for me in the final, so I knew I B yron Worner’s Camaro was built by Dave Kelsey wasn’t going to get an easy of KTS Race Cars with the help of Gary Wisecarver, round,” said Worner. “Luckily, I who built and tuned the suspension, and Richard was in a zone, and I stayed there. Doane, who is responsible for the front-end setup. My car was deadly consistent, Brian Tilburg built the car’s 350-cid engine, which and that made the difference.” is fitted with a FAST TCI fuel-injection unit. Additional support comes from Arnie Martel Racing, The key race: Worner had to Speedco, Jegs Mail Order, Rossler Transmissions, be nearly perfect in order to Mickey Thompson, Trabucco Transport, CV win his quarterfinal race Products, Valvoline, and Max Naylor’s Vegas Fuel. against Duncan, and he pulled Worner thanked his parents, Tim and Suzy; it off with a .006 light and a brother Bryan; sister Jennifer; his girlfriend, 9.949 on his 9.94 dial. “I was Heather Dill, and her family; Michael Iacono; between .020 and .025 on the Lincoln Morehead; Dave and Dede Layer; Bob Worner also faced a tough battle in the semifinals, where he was paired Tree on my other runs, but that Cupp; Bob Sharpe; the Niceswangers; Cory Wilkes; with James Antonette Jr., but emerged the winner with another dead-on- wouldn’t have been good “Keith O”; and the rest of the D1 Wolfpack. the-dial performance. enough here,” said Worner. “I 72 ✦ National DRAGSTER Super Stock Qualifying (Top 16 of 111 qualifiers) 1. Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky. (SS/N ’85 Mustang). . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.917 (-1.333) 2. Jerry Silveus, Van Buren, Ohio (GT/DA ’05 Cavalier). . . . . . . . . . . . 9.483 (-1.317) 3. Paul Adams, Barboursville, W.V. (SS/B ’64 Fairlane). . . . . . . . . . . . 8.897 (-1.303) 4. Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind. (GT/CA ’08 Cobalt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.400 (-1.300) 5. Rich South, Pataskala, Ohio (GT/EA ’05 Sunfire). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.678 (-1.272) 6. Matt Alvey, Mt. Washington, Ky. (GT/DA ’06 Sunfire) . . . . . . . . . . . 9.536 (-1.264) 7. John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio (SS/CM ’07 Cobalt) . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.543 (-1.257) 8. Jim Daniels, Bristol, Pa. (SS/AH ’68 Dart) . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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