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Funny Car Countdown battle now Cruz Pedregon's to lose

Cruz Pedregon won for the second consecutive race to overtake Tim Wilkerson for the points lead in NHRA Funny Car.

Updated: November 3, 2008, 5:47 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- An underdog put himself in position for the Funny Car title in the NHRA's penultimate race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

But not the underdog most expected.

Tim Wilkerson, the driver/tuner who had been first in FC points after 15 of the Past 16 events going into Vegas and owned a 52-point lead with two to go, bowed out in the first round Sunday at the eighth ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals to open the door for a number of chasers.

Cruz ...

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