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. After 18 national events, the most recent NHRA Manufacturer's Cup standings released on Sept. 8 show Pontiac with 2,640 points, Dodge has 1,920 and Chevrolet has 1,800. Since 1964, GM brands have captured 37 of 41 NHRA Manufacturer's Cups and ...

. After 18 national events, the most recent NHRA Manufacturer's Cup standings released on Sept. 8 show Pontiac with 2,640 points, Dodge has 1,920 and Chevrolet has 1,800. Since 1964, GM brands have captured 37 of 41 NHRA Manufacturer's Cups and Chevrolet has won the most titles with 15 (Chevrolet's most recent championship was in 2002).

. Pontiac's Bruce Allen will be inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Lansing. Mich., on Nov. 6. The 20-year professional drag racing veteran and native of Goodrich, Mich., will join a long list of legendary names that includes Connie Kalitta, Dick LaHaie, Shirley Muldowney, Jack Roush and Roger Penske, among others, that are already in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame. Since making his NHRA Pro Stock debut in 1985, Allen has won 16 national events, raced in 39 final rounds, captured 16 No. 1 qualifying awards, and scored seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in the points standings. Allen's best NHRA points finish was in 1989 when he posted a second-place showing and captured four national-event victories in seven final rounds. He has finished third in the NHRA Pro Stock points standings four times (1985-87, 2001). Allen won the inaugural NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in 1985.

. Greg Anderson captured his sixth win of the season at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Sept. 5, and it marked the 156th all-time win for Pontiac in NHRA Pro Stock competition. Of the 156 wins in a Pontiac by a Pro Stock driver, Warren Johnson leads the Pontiac pack with 43, Greg Anderson is second with 35 and Jim Yates is third with 24.

. With the onset of cooler weather in the fall, Maple Grove Raceway over the years has been conducive to national-record runs in the factory hot-rod category. Since the inaugural event at Reading in 1985, the Pro Stock e.t. national record has been set at Maple Grove Raceway five times (1985, 1991-92, 1996, 2001) and the mph record has been set once (2001).

. Since the introduction of the GTO into NHRA Pro Stock competition six races ago at Denver, the new Pontiac has claimed three victories, three raceday poles, run low e.t of the meet four times and top speed four times. In addition to Greg Anderson's new Pontiac GTO setting a new track-record e.t. and speed at Indianapolis of 6.689 seconds at 205.72 mph, Warren Johnson's GTO established a track-record e.t. and speed at Brainerd, Minn. In addition, Anderson's Summit Racing GTO set a Bandimere Speedway (Denver) track-record elapsed time of 7.106 seconds, a Pacific Raceways (Seattle) track-record speed of 207.24 mph, and an Infineon Raceway (Sonoma, Calif.) track-record speed of 206.95 mph.

. With just five races remaining on the schedule, Greg Anderson leads the POWERade Pro Stock standings in a Pontiac GTO with 1,458 points. Kurt Johnson is in second place in a Chevy Cobalt with 1,323 points, Warren Johnson is in third place in a Pontiac GTO with 1,245 points, Jason Line is in fourth place in a Pontiac GTO with 1,174 and Dave Connolly is fifth in a Chevy Cobalt with 1,095 points. For the 11th straight season and the 13th in the last 14 years, a Pro Stock competitor in a GM-branded car will win the NHRA championship.

. Other Pro Stock competitors in GM-branded cars in the POWERade top 10 include Greg Stanfield (Chevrolet) in sixth place with 901 points, Ron Krisher (Chevy Cobalt) in eighth place with 872 points, and Jim Yates (Pontiac GTO) in 10th place with 774 points.

. Among Pro Stock competitors, Pontiac's Warren Johnson has the most wins at Maple Grove Raceway claiming victories in 1991-92, 1995, and most recently in 2003. Chevrolet's Kurt Johnson and Pontiac's Jim Yates both have three wins apiece at Maple Grove. Johnson's wins came in 1993, 1998 and 2000, and Yates' victories were in 1996-97 and 2002.

. Pontiac's Jason Line is the defending Pro Stock champion at Maple Grove. He defeated teammate Greg Anderson in the final round of last year's race. Line also holds the track-record e.t. at 6.669 seconds. Anderson holds the top speed record at 206.67 mph.

. After a strong outing at the U.S. Nationals in his new Pontiac GTO, Mark Pawuk is looking forward to competing at the season's final five events, especially at Reading where he has been a three-time runner-up (1991, 1995, 1999). The 47-year-old Ohio native qualified his GTO in the No. 15 spot at Indianapolis and advanced to the semifinals before losing to Richie Stevens by .006 of a second.

. So far this season, competitors in GM-branded cars have won 17 nationals events, advanced to 32 final rounds and captured 16 No. 1 qualifying awards. Pro Stock drivers competing in Pontiacs have won 12 national events, advanced to 18 final rounds and earned 11 pole qualifying awards. Chevrolet competitors have scored five wins, advanced to 14 final rounds and captured five pole qualifying awards.

. Del Worsham drove the CSK Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car to his 21st career win and his second national-event victory of the season at Indianapolis. Worsham's Chevrolet also set top speed of the meet at the U.S. Nationals posting a track-record run of 328.14 mph. It is the second straight race and the third time in the last four meets the CSK Monte Carlo has set top speed of the event. At Brainerd (Minn.) Worsham's 327.66 mph posted during the final round of qualifying was second for the meet only to Gary Scelzi's top speed of 328.70 mph.

. Worsham's Monte Carlo has qualified in the top half of the field in 10 straight races and in 15 of 18 events contested this season.

. Current Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car drivers who have previously won the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway include Tim Wilkerson (2003), Tony Pedregon (2002), Tommy Johnson Jr. (1999) and Cruz Pedregon (1992).

. Four Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car drivers occupy a spot in top 10 of the POWERade points standings. Tommy Johnson Jr. is in sixth place with 1,024 points, Del Worsham is eighth with 946 points, Cruz Pedregon is ninth with 873 points and Tony Pedregon is 10th with 843 points. Tim Wilkerson is 11th with 776 points and Tony Bartone is 13th with 668 points. Gary Scelzi is in first place with 1,172 points.

Qualifying coverage of the NHRA Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. Final eliminations will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at 4 p.m. Eastern.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Tony Bartone , Del Worsham , Gary Scelzi , Greg Anderson , Cruz Pedregon , Dick LaHaie , Greg Stanfield , Bruce Allen , Tim Wilkerson , Jack Roush , Jason Line , Connie Kalitta , Roger Penske , Dave Connolly , Tommy Johnson Jr.