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									                             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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