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Cruz Pedregon wins Funny Car title with help of friends and family

Cruz Pedregon played the NHRA's playoffs game to perfection, winning his second career Funny Car title Sunday at the Auto Club Finals, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: November 17, 2008, 8:20 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

POMONA, Calif. -- The fans here have seen their share of final-round, title-deciding suspense at the Auto Club Finals. There was Tony Schumacher two years ago, needing a national-record run to win a Top Fuel championship and getting it. Then there was Schumacher again last year, winning the final round to steal the title from Rod Fuller, and Matt Smith doing the same thing in Pro Stock Motorcycle to beat Andrew Hines.

Great stuff. But forget final rounds, Sunday's 44th Auto ...

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