The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship begins next weekend, Friday through Sunday, September 12th through 14th, with the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. Here are the top 10 drivers competing for the season honors in Funny Car (reset points in parenthesis).
1.John Force (2110) – the 16-time Funny Car champ picked up three Wallys in 2014: the season opener at Pomona, Norwalk and Seattle.
2.Robert Hight (2080) – earned five wins in 2014: the prestigious Gatornationals at Gainesville, Charlotte (4-Wide), Houston, Atlanta and Denver.
3.Ron Capps (2070) – picked up two wins at Epping and Brainerd (ran at Indy).
4.Alexis DeJoria (2060) – earned wins at Arizona and the U.S. Nationals at Indy.
5.Tommy Johnson Jr. (2050) – returned to Funny Car full-time with a win at Bristol.
6.Courtney Force (2040) – earned the 100th win by a female in the Mello Yello Series at Topeka and also won at Sonoma.
7.Matt Hagan (2030) – picked up a Wally in Chicago.
8.Cruz Pedregon (2020) – won at Englishtown.
9.Del Worsham (2010) – was runner-up at Englishtown.
10. Tim Wilkerson (2000) – made the final round at Bristol.
Stay tuned this week to the NHRA Examiner for a complete look at each of the Mello Yello categories and the participants in the 2014 Countdown to the Championship. Keep up with the action leading up to the Countdown at www.nhra.com.
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