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Schumacher, Wilkerson, Line hoping to protect points leads at Bristol

The last stop on the NHRA POWERade circuit produced milestones galore two weeks ago at Madison, Ill. But Bristol Dragway brings a brand-new set of challenges, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: May 16, 2008, 10:53 AM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

Two weeks ago, there was an avalanche of statistical firsts recorded in Madison, Ill., at the NHRA's O'Reilly Midwest Nationals.

John Force became the first driver in NHRA history to tally 1,000 round wins; Tim Wilkerson took over the POWERade points lead for the first time in his Funny Car career; and Mike Neff won his first round of eliminations as a driver and advanced to his first career final round in F/C. Plus, Top Fuel's "Hot Rod" Fuller and Pro Stock's Kurt ...

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