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       hird is not the place racers want to finish the season, but it may be
    T  where they want to finish the regular season. Three of the four points leaders after the second
    event in the six-race NHRA playoffs finished the regular season in third place: Tony Schumacher
                                                                                                                                                              Silver Dollar Raceway
                                                                                                                                                            Reynolds, Ga. (Oct. 16-18)
    (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle). Schumacher, who                                                    Thunder Valley Raceway Park
    is bidding for a sixth straight NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championship,                                                              Noble, Okla. (Oct. 23-25)
    assumed the points lead with his win in Dallas, but his task is far from complete. Lurking right
    behind him are two-time world champion Larry Dixon, teammate Cory McClenathan, and regular-                                            The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    season champ Antron Brown. The road to the championship may be a bit clearer for Edwards and                                                                Las Vegas (Nov. 5-8)
    Arana. Edwards is 65 points ahead of Jeg Coughlin, 80 clear of Greg Anderson, and every other
    driver trails by more than 100. Pro Stock Motorcycle may be down to a two-bike race between                                                           NHRA Las Vegas Nationals
    Arana and defending champion Eddie Krawiec, who trails by 27 points. Every other rider trails by                                                       Las Vegas (Oct. 29-Nov. 1)
    more than 100. With a third straight final round and second straight win, Robert Hight’s Funny
    Car team leads those standings, where five drivers are separated by less than four rounds.                           This week on ESPN2
                                                                                                                       NHRA Virginia Nationals
                                                                                                                       Oct. 10, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (qualifying); Oct. 11, 7-10 p.m.
                         Championship                         ESTA Safety Park by beating Dustin Lecates of U.S.       (eliminations); Oct. 15, 2-4 a.m. (repeat eliminations); all times
                         updates: Frank                       13 Dragway. Complete coverage of the event will          Eastern
                         Manzo (pictured) wrapped             appear in next week’s National DRAGSTER. The
                         up his 13th Top Alcohol              winners in Super, Pro, Street, and Bike/Sled are         NHRA Race Day
                         Funny Car season title with          eligible to race the winners from NHRA’s other six       Oct. 11, 11 a.m. ET
                         a perfect 10-win scorecard. It       divisions for a national title and winner-take-all
                         is the second consecutive            $5,000 payday at the NHRA Summit Racing Series             In next week’s National DRAGSTER
                         season and fourth time that          National Championship during the Automobile Club
                         Manzo won the title with a           of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 12-15 in         Pro results from Memphis; Sportsman coverage from Dallas;
                         perfect total of 850 points.         Pomona.                                                  complete Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals coverage;
He clinched when Steve Harker, the only other                                                                          Division 1 NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals coverage
driver still capable of earning 850 points, did not           Signed: Technicoat Cos., a worldwide
attend the Charlotte event to even his head-to-head           leader in industrial waterproofing and flooring and        Upcoming birthdays
record with Manzo as needed per the second                                                                             Larry Dixon (43, Oct. 23); Frank Pedregon (47, Oct. 23); Chris
championship tiebreaker. Manzo, the winningest                                                                         Rivas (43, Oct. 23); Bo Nickens (35, Oct. 28)
driver in Sportsman history, is tied with Bob
Glidden as the third-winningest NHRA driver of all                                                      
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