After final eliminations in Vegas, five DSR drivers will go to Pomona, Calif.

LAS VEGAS - The Countdown to the Championship was created to add drama to the end of the season, and the script heading to the season-finale in two weeks couldn't be better.

Best of all, five Don Schumacher Racing drivers will have story roles when the final chapter of the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season concludes at Pomona, Calif.

Only four points separates points leader Jack Beckman and Ron Capps, who beat Beckman Sunday for the event title in the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The canopy in action on Tony Schumacher's Top Fuel
The canopy in action on Tony Schumacher's Top Fuel

Photo by: Don Schumacher Racing

In Top Fuel, Antron Brown maintains his lead heading to Pomona but teammate and seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher moved around their teammate, Spencer Massey, into second place after Schumacher advanced to the Las Vegas championship round.

Brown and the Matco Tools team is 65 points ahead of Schumacher's U.S. Army team and 70 in front of Massey and the FRAM/Prestone team. When the teams arrived at Las Vegas on Friday, Brown led Massey by 104 points and Schumacher by 136.

The following are DSR results from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway near Las Vegas:

TOP FUEL
Event winner: Bob Vandergriff (Bob Vandergriff Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: Tony Schumacher (DSR) 3.773 sec., 323.66 mph

TONY SCHUMACHER
U.S. Army dragster
Qualified: No. 1
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: SCHUMACHER (3.788 sec., 326.32) def. Terry McMillen (4.280, 197.25)
Second round: SCHUMACHER (3.847, 324.67) def. Steve Torrence (3.859, 319.37)
Semifinals: SCHUMACHER (3.773, 326.24) def. Khalid alBalooshi (3.842, 324.05)
Final: Bob Vandergriff (3.832, 324.75) def. SCHUMACHER (5.543, 124.25)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 3.773 sec., 323.66 mph
Session 2: 12.426, 79.76
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 3.807, 324.20
Session 4: 6.928, 92.30

SPENCER MASSEY
FRAM/Prestone dragster
Qualified: No. 2
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: MASSEY (3.809 sec., 325.14 mph) def. T.J. Zizzo (4.258, 208.17)
Second round: Bob Vandergriff (3.851, 321.42) def. MASSEY (3.873, 322.34)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 3.807 sec., 323.43 mph
Session 2: 7.222, 76.51
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 3.787, 317.19
Session 4: 3.776, 321.42

ANTRON BROWN
Matco Tools "Tools for the Cause" dragster
Qualified: No. 13
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Khalid alBalooshi (4.470 sec., 241.07 mph) def. BROWN (4.591, 239.27)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 3.869 sec., 313.88 mph
Session 2: 5.582, 117.93
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 5.470, 124.32
Session 4: 4.013, 251.95

FUNNY CAR
Event winner: Ron Capps (DSR)
No. 1 qualifier: Cruz Pedregon (Cruz Pedregon Racing) 4.066 sec., 312.50 mph

RON CAPPS
NAPA Carlyle Tools Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: CAPPS (4.105 sec., 310.77 mph) def. Tony Pedregon (4.625, 187.68)
Second round: CAPPS (4.095, 312.28) def. Cruz Pedregon (4.119, 306.05)
Semifinals: CAPPS (4.086, 311.92) def. Johnny Gray (6.256, 103.94)
Final: CAPPS (4.070, 315.12) def. Jack Beckman (8.455, 74.33)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 4.098 sec., 308.78 mph
Session 2: 8.023, 82.90
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.128, 307.37
Session 4: 4.191, 301.40

JACK BECKMAN
Battery eXtender by Schumacher Electric/Valvoline Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 7

SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (4.115 sec., 308.21 mph) def. John Force (4.152, 309.13)
Second round: BECKMAN (4.174, 300.26) def. Mike Neff (4.825, 174.89)
Semifinals: BECKMAN (7.278, 91.44) def. Courtney Force (redlight disqualification)
Final: Ron Capps (4.070, 315.12) def. BECKMAN (8.455, 74.33)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 4.093 sec., 306.88 mph
Session 2: 6.844, 99.26
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.091, 307.09
Session 4: 4.427, 201.88

JOHNNY GRAY
Big O Tires/Service Central Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 5
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: GRAY (4.110, 304.74) def. Tim Wilkerson (xxx, xxxx mph)
Second round: GRAY (4.213, 299.46) def. Matt Hagan (4.601, 173.87)
Semifinals: Ron Capps (4.086, 311.92) def. GRAY (6.256, 103.94)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 4.143 sec., 291.95 mph
Session 2: 4.123, 302.41
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.089, 313.22
Session 4: 4.170, 281.07

MATT HAGAN
Aaron's Dream Machine/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 4
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: HAGAN (4.213 sec., 298.80) def. Jon Capps (10.637, 76.37)
Second round: Johnny Gray (4.213, 299.46) def. HAGAN (4.601, 173.87)

FRIDAY QUALIFYING
Session 1: 4.162 sec., 300.66 mph
Session 2: 7.228, 93.10
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Session 3: 4.091, 307.09
Session 4: 4.077, 310.98

NHRA FULL THROTTLE DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS
(unofficial through Oct. 28)
(* mathematically eliminated from championship contention)

TOP FUEL Pts. Pts. Behind
1. ANTRON BROWN 2,522 --
2. TONY SCHUMACHER 2,457 -65
3. SPENCER MASSEY 2,452 -70
4. Shawn Langdon 2,406 -116
*5. Brandon Bernstein 2,346 -176
*6. Doug Kalitta 2,309 -213
*7. Morgan Lucas 2,299 -223
*8. Steve Torrence 2,265 -257
*9. Bob Vandergriff 2,264 -258
*10. David Grubnic 2,225 -297
FUNNY CAR Pts. Pts.Behind
1. JACK BECKMAN 2,531 --
2. RON CAPPS 2,527 -4
3. Mike Neff 2,443 -88
*4. JOHNNY GRAY 2,323 -208
*5. Cruz Pedregon 2,307 -224
*6. Courtney Force 2,293 -221
*7. John Force 2,249 -282
*8. Robert Hight 2,249 -282
*9. Tim Wilkerson 2,241 -290
*10. Jeff Arend 2,211 -320
*11. MATT HAGAN 1,185 --

Source: Don Schumacher Racing

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