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Grubnic, Kalitta clinch Countdown berths in Top Fuel, others have end in sight

Updated: August 31, 2008, 8:30 PM ET
Associated Press

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Cruz Pedregon won the U.S. Smokeless Showdown for the first time Sunday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, beating Tim Wilkerson to earn $100,000 in the annual bonus race for Funny Cars.

"I tried not to think about the money," said Pedregon, a former POWERade Series and three-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals champion. "I'm still kind of in shock [but] I'm going to enjoy this one."

He finished in 4.184 seconds to Wilkerson's 4.280.

Cruz celebrated alongside brother ...

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