The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship begins with the next race, the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at zMAX Dragway in Concord North Carolina, taking place Friday through Sunday, September 13th through 15th. Here are the top 10 drivers competing for the honors in Pro Stock (reset points in parenthesis).
1. Mike Edwards (2110) – Edwards put up some impressive stats this season: six wins, one runner-up finish and 13 No. 1 qualifiers in 18 races.
2. Allen Johnson (2080) – the 2012 Pro Stock champ won four times (Gainesville, Las Vegas, New England and Denver) and was runner-up three times; he also earned two No. 1 qualifiers.
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2070) – Coughlin Jr. took two wins (Topeka and Chicago) and was runner-up four times in 2013. He also had two No. 1 qualifiers.
4. Vincent Nobile (2060) – Nobile took three wins this season, at Pomona, Sonoma and Seattle.
5. Shane Gray (2050) – Gray was runner-up at three races this season.
6. Jason Line (2040) – Line’s lone win this season was at Houston.
7. Greg Anderson (2030) – winless in 2013 regular season, Anderson made the finals at Chicago.
8. V. Gaines (2020) – Gaines raced to three final-round appearances in 2013.
9. Erica Enders-Stevens (2010) – 10 races into the season, Enders-Stevens was off to a big start with a win at Phoenix and three runner-up finishes – then the sponsorship problems hit; Enders-Stevens raced in just two of the final eight races, but still qualified for the Countdown.
10. Rodger Brogdon (2000) – Brogdon took home the first Wally of his career from Bristol, but suffered through 13 first-round exits in 18 events.
Stay tuned this week to the NHRA Examiner for a complete look at each of the Mello Yello categories and the participants in the 2013 Countdown to the Championship. Keep up with the action leading up to the Countdown at www.nhra.com.
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