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More nitro, more excitement in '08 POWERade championship chases

Brace yourselves, G-force junkies. This weekend's 48th CARQUEST Winternationals at historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., officially kick-starts the 2008 NHRA POWERade season, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: February 6, 2008, 3:28 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN.com

There are no more days off, no more family getaways, no more testing days and no more "wait a minutes" or "do it laters." The 2008 NHRA POWERade season has arrived.

For nitro fanatics, G-force junkies and drag racing diehards, the 48th CARQUEST Winternationals this weekend at historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., brings renewal and rejuvenation to a quarter-mile landscape that has been relatively stagnant and inactive since the 2007 season came to a close ...

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