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Mon, 5 Sep 2005, 06:17 PM

Top Fuel Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

   91 Larry Dixon                             1 Tony Schumacher              
E4   ****WINNER****  0.054  4.521 326.71                     0.041  8.143 107.27
 Prior rounds:
E3    (D Herbert   ) 0.098  4.548 326.00      (D Grubnic   ) 0.057  4.659 292.84
E2    (C McClenatha) 0.046  4.557 326.79      (R Fuller    ) 0.094  4.541 326.71
E1    (S Weis      ) 0.073  4.606 324.59      (J Beckman   ) 0.093  4.536 320.89
 Qualified:             #6  4.510 326.71                        #1  4.459 329.18
5:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 31 percent, barometer 29.82 inches, adjusted altitude 1,771 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

This is it, the 51st annual MAC Tools U.S. Nationals are almost finished - just two cars left to decide the final championship of the event. These two have raced each other 38 times before, Dixon holding a 22-16 edge in round wins, but Schumacher holds a 5-3 edge in final rounds. This is also big in the points, both drivers still in contention for the POWERAde championship.

It was over almost immediately, Schumacher smoking the tires right off the starting line while Dixon was on a flawless run, right down the groove with no tire smoke.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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