Pomona II: Toyota Motorsports preview

TITLE SHOWDOWN - Larry Dixon brings an 85-point lead over second-place Tony Schumacher and a 106-point lead over third-place Cory McClenathan into the NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona this weekend. Dixon can clinch the Countdown to the...

TITLE SHOWDOWN - Larry Dixon brings an 85-point lead over second-place Tony Schumacher and a 106-point lead over third-place Cory McClenathan into the NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona this weekend. Dixon can clinch the Countdown to the Championship playoff title under the following scenarios barring a national elapsed time record:

- Dixon can clinch prior to Sunday's eliminations by qualifying for Sunday's finals if Schumacher doesn't score at least five more bonus and qualifying points than Dixon - Dixon advances to the second-round of Sunday's eliminations

Dixon took over the series lead at the spring race in Las Vegas and has yet to relinquish it since -- winning 10 of the last 17 events since that race. Overall, he has recorded 12 victories this season and leads the series in wins, finals appearances (12), number one qualifiers (eight) and elimination round victories (60).

BROWN, LANGDON CHASE TOP-FIVE IN POINTS -- Toyota-sponsored drivers Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon will be looking to maintain their top-five overall point standings at Pomona. Brown enters the weekend in fourth place, just 14 points ahead of the fifth-place Langdon, who is 20 points up on sixth-place and 24 ahead of seventh-place. Brown is coming off semi-final showing at each of the last two races in Reading and Las Vegas. Langdon has reached one semi-final and one final since the Countdown began.

CRUZ CONTROL -- Cruz Pedregon won't be competing for a title this weekend, but he will attempt to continue a late-season run that has made him one of only two Funny Car drivers to win two races since the Countdown began five races ago. Only five drivers have even qualified for one of the finals in the Countdown events, let alone won during that span. He has totaled the second-highest number of points in the series since the Countdown began, behind only Matt Hagan. In addition, Pedregon will carry a nine-race streak of qualifying in the top six -- tripling the total of the next longest streak among Funny Car drivers which is just three.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan , Matt Hagan , Shawn Langdon