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Funny car playoff fight comes down to Indy
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CLERMONT, Ind.Cruz Pedregon started this season in shiny new wheels, literally, figuring he would defend his Funny Car championship in style. He couldn't have imagined that seven months later, that new-car smell would be long gone and the chance to repeat could be in danger. Yet that's exactly what the veteran is facing this weekend at the 55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the oldest and most prestigious event on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season. The "Big Go" at O'Reilly Raceway Park is the last chance for drivers to qualify for the six-race Countdown to 1 playoffs, and Pedregon is clinging to the 10th and final spot. No other professional class has its defending champion in such peril: Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are all locked into the Countdown, with multiple event wins along the way. Funny Car has marquee names on the bubble, however, and Pedregon's not the only surprise.
Timing is everything
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