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Wed, 19 Oct 2005, 10:19 AM

POWERade Series Championship Update
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

LAS VEGAS -- Two of four NHRA POWERade Series world championship titles can be secured at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. In Top Fuel, Schumacher needs only to make a qualifying attempt on Friday to claim his second consecutive and third overall world championship crown. The U.S. Army dragster pilot has earned seven victories and 10 No. 1 qualifying efforts during the season, and needs only a 139-point lead at the conclusion of the event to win the title. He currently leads Larry Dixon by 268 points.

In Pro Stock, Anderson needs to qualify eighth or better to secure his third consecutive POWERade Series world championship. The driver of the Summit Racing Pontiac GTO owned by Las Vegas resident Ken Black has earned eight victories this season and enters the race with a 244-point lead over Kurt Johnson. Like Schumacher, Anderson needs to exit the race with a lead of at least 139 points to clinch the championship.

Things could get interesting in Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

John Force is seeking championship No. 14 in Funny Car and currently holds a 36-point lead over defending event winner Scelzi. Lurking within striking distance is Ron Capps, 57 points behind Force in third. Top-rated rookie Robert Hight is fourth overall, 104 points back.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Andrew Hines is trying to win his second consecutive title and holds a 42-point advantage over his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate GT Tonglet.

RECORD BREAKER: Schumacher, who has advanced to the last five Top Fuel finals and won the last three events, can tie two longstanding NHRA Top Fuel single-season records with a successful weekend at The Strip: consecutive victories in a season (4, held by Scott Kalitta, '94 and Cory McClenathan, '97) and consecutive final round appearances in a season (6, held by Kalitta, '94, McClenathan, '97, and Larry Dixon, '02). Schumacher has one victory in three final round appearances at The Strip in his career.

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