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2014 NHRA Countdown to the Championship: Top Fuel

Doug Kalitta leads the Top Fuel field into the Countdown to the Championship
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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 Top Fuel (reset points in parenthesis).

1.Doug Kalitta (2110) – earned two wins this season: the prestigious Gatornationals at Gainesville and Seattle.

2.Antron Brown (2080) – the 2012 Top Fuel champ picked up five wins in 2014: Arizona, Charlotte (4-Wide), Houston, Chicago and Norwalk.

3.Shawn Langdon (2070) – the 2013 Top Fuel champ won at Bristol.

4.Tony Schumacher (2060) – the seven-time Top Fuel champion picked up two wins at Las Vegas and Epping.

5.Steve Torrence (2050) – Torrence made six semi-final appearances before earning a runner-up spot in Indy.

6.Spencer Massey (2040) – earned two wins in 2014: Atlanta and Topeka.

7.Khalid alBalooshi (2030) – picked up two Wallys this season: the season opener at Pomona and the Sonoma Nationals.

8.Richie Crampton (2020) – the rookie earned two prestigious Wallys in 2014: Englishtown and the U.S. Nationals at Indy.

9.Brittany Force (2010) – the sophomore driver made her way to three final rounds in 2014: Phoenix, Chicago and Denver.

10.JR Todd (2000) – earned a Wally at Denver.

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