Bristol: GM Racing preview

After five races, Pontiac leads the NHRA Manufacturer's Cup standings with 660 points. Pontiac has won eight of the last nine NHRA Manufacturer's Cups and GM nameplates have captured 37 out of the 41 Manufacturer's Cups contested since 1964. .

After five races, Pontiac leads the NHRA Manufacturer's Cup standings with 660 points. Pontiac has won eight of the last nine NHRA Manufacturer's Cups and GM nameplates have captured 37 out of the 41 Manufacturer's Cups contested since 1964.

. This will be the fifth NHRA national event held at Bristol Dragway since national-event competition resumed there in 2001. Summit Racing Pontiac driver Greg Anderson is the defending champion in Pro Stock and a two-time winner of this race (2001, 2004). Anderson defeated teammate Jason Line in last year's all-Pontiac final. Kurt Johnson won this event in a Chevrolet in 2003 and Warren Johnson won in a Pontiac in 2002.

. Anderson's Pontiac holds both ends of the Bristol Dragway Pro Stock track record set during last year's event with a run of 6.745 seconds at 203.25 mph.

. In the three professional categories contested at Bristol Dragway since 2001, Anderson is the only repeat winner.

. Points leader Dave Connolly gave Chevrolet its 123rd all-time victory in NHRA Pro Stock competition with a win at the last event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Connolly is also the first repeat winner in Pro Stock this season.

. Since Connolly's runner-up at the Pontiac Performance Nationals last June, the 23-year-old Chevrolet driver has advanced to the final round in 10 of the last 18 races and won five times.

. At the last four meets held at Bristol Dragway it's been all GM, all the time, in the Pro Stock category. In addition to wins by Anderson, Johnson and Johnson, GM-branded cars have been runner-up four times as well. In 2001 Jim Yates (Pontiac) made his first and only final-round appearance at this event, Ron Krisher was runner-up (Chevrolet) in '02, Mike Edwards (Pontiac) was runner-up in '03 and Line made the finals last year.

. Driving a Pontiac, Bruce Allen was the No. 1 qualifier for this race in 2001, Warren Johnson earned the No. 1 starting spot in '03 and Greg Anderson was the top qualifier last year.

. There are eight drivers in GM-branded cars occupying a position in the top 10 of the Pro Stock standings. Dave Connolly (Chevrolet) leads with 428 points and is followed closely by Warren Johnson (Pontiac) with 419 points. Greg Anderson (Pontiac) is third in the standings with 333 points, Jason Line (Pontiac) is fourth with 326 points and Ron Krisher (Chevrolet) is fifth with 286 points. Jim Yates (Pontiac) is in sixth place with 264 points, Greg Stanfield (Chevrolet) is seventh with 260 points and Kurt Johnson (Chevrolet) is in 10th place with 230 points.

. Greg Anderson will enter the O'Reilly Nationals at Bristol Dragway with the longest qualifying streak in Pro Stock at 52 consecutive events. Larry Morgan is second on the list with 38 consecutive races, Anderson teammate Jason Line is third with 28 (Pontiac) and Dave Connolly (Chevrolet) is fourth with 25.

. Warren Johnson's victory at Houston was the 146th all time win for Pontiac in NHRA Pro Stock competition.

. Four Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car drivers occupy a position in the top 10 of the POWERade points standings. Cruz Pedregon sits in fourth place with 302 points, Tommy Johnson Jr. is fifth with 265 points, Bob Gilbertson is seventh with 260 points and Del Worsham is 10th with 246 points.

Qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern. Three hours of final eliminations will be broadcast on Sunday, May 1, starting at 7 p.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Del Worsham , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , Larry Morgan , Cruz Pedregon , Greg Stanfield , Bruce Allen , Jason Line , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards , Tommy Johnson Jr.