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This week's lucky numbers in Las Vegas? 8-11-3

Points leaders in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock can't afford to crap out this weekend in Las Vegas. Just one mistake could cost them overall bragging rights in the POWERade Series, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: April 14, 2008, 6:29 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

In one of the oldest traditions in contemporary history, numbers are what power the city of Las Vegas. Many times, those numbers are preceded by a dollar sign. Sometimes the numbers reflect the odds that rule winning or losing bets, and occasionally they mean something entirely different.

Such is the case this weekend when the NHRA POWERade Series arrives at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the ninth SummitRacing.com Nationals. The numbers 8-11-3 represent the ...

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