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Countdown to 1 field is set, but not before some drama at Richmond

Top Fuel was a mess, Funny Car saw two big efforts to get in the Countdown to 1 and one late fall. Pro Stock? It's Dave Connolly's world and everyone else is just driving in it as the NHRA POWERade Series heads for the stretch run, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: October 8, 2007, 4:17 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN.com

The first two rounds of Top Fuel were a massacre.

On Sunday, the top four drivers in Top Fuel's Countdown to the Championship standings were looking to hold off the handful of rivals needing to come up big in eliminations at the 2nd Torco Race Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park outside Richmond, Va. to bump themselves into the Countdown to 1 -- and bump someone else out.

But by the end of Round 2, all four of the category's leading drivers were spectators.

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