2008 NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series season

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2008 NHRA Drag Racing Season
SportDrag racing
ChampionsTony Schumacher (TF)
Cruz Pedregon (FC)
Jeg Coughlin (PS)
Eddie Krawiec (PSM)
NHRA seasons

The 2008 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series consisted of 24 national events held at tracks across the U.S. The first 18 events made up the regular season, with the final events making up the "Countdown to 1". This season marked the introduction of 1000' drag racing for the nitro competitors after the death of Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta in Englishtown, N.J. John Force returned to competition after his near fatal crash in Dallas toward the end of the 2007 Season. John's daughter Ashley became the first female funny car winner beating her father John in the finals at Atlanta. This season also marked the most dominant season by a professional driver in history, as Tony Schumacher won 15 races and became the only driver in the countdown era to clinch the championship before the season finale.


Date Race Site Winners
Top Fuel Funny Car Pro Stock Pro Stock Motorcycle
February 7–10 Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals Pomona, California Tony Schumacher Robert Hight Greg Anderson N/A
February 22–24 Checker Shucks Kragen Nationals Phoenix, Ariz. Larry Dixon Jack Beckman V Gaines N/A
March 13–16 ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla Tony Schumacher Tony Pedregon Jeg Coughlin Matt Guidera
March 28–30 O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals Houston, Texas Antron Brown Del Worsham Greg Anderson Matt Smith
April 10–13 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, Nev. Cory MaClenathan Tim Wilkerson Jason Line N/A
April 24–27 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta, Ga. Antron Brown Ashley Force Mike Edwards Andrew Hines
May 1–3 O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals Madison, Ill. Rod Fuller Tim Wilkerson Kurt Johnson Andrew Hines
May 16–18 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn. Tony Schumacher Melanie Troxel Dave Connoly N/A
May 30–June 1 O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals Topeka, Kan. Hillary Will John Force Ron Krisher N/A
June 5–8 Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago, Ill. Tony Schumacher Tony Pedregon Kurt Johnson Chris Rivas
June 19–22 Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown, N.J. Tony Schumacher Tim Wilkerson Greg Anderson Chip Ellis
June 26–29 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, Ohio Doug Herbert Tony Pedregon Greg Anderson Hector Arana
July 11–13 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Denver, Colo. Tony Schumacher Tim Wilkerson Greg Anderson Matt Smith
July 18–20 NHRA Shucks Auto Supply Nationals Seattle, Wash. Tony Schumacher Tony Bartone Jason Line N/A
July 25–27 Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals Sonoma, Calif. Tony Schumacher Robert Hight Dave Connolly Matt Guidera
August 7–10 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn. Tony Schumacher Tony Pedregon Kurt Johnson Matt Smith
August 14–17 Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals Reading, Pa. Tony Schumacher Jack Beckman Jeg Coughlin Matt Smith
August 27-September 1 54th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Indianapolis, Ind. Tony Schumacher Robert Hight Dave Connolly Steve Johnson
2008 Countdown to the Championship
September 11–14 NHRA Carolinas Nationals Concord, N.C. Tony Schumacher Jack Beckman Justin Humphreys Steve Johnson
September 18–21 O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals Dallas, Texas J.R. Todd Tim Wilkerson Greg Stanfield Chris Rivas
September 26-28 O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals Memphis, Tenn. Tony Schumacher Tim Wilkerson Mike Edwards Craig Treble
October 10-12 Virginia NHRA Nationals Richmond, Va. Tony Schumacher Cruz Pedregon Dave Connolly N/A
October 30 – November 2 NHRA Las Vegas Nationals Las Vegas, Nev. Tony Schumacher Cruz Pedregon Jeg Coughlin Chris Rivas
November 13–16 Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Pomona, California Larry Dixon Cruz Pedregon Greg Anderson Chris Rivas

Points standings[edit]

Top Fuel[1]
Position Driver Points Points Back Chassis
1 Tony Schumacher 2703 - Hadman
2 Larry Dixon 2445 -258 Hadman
3 Cory McClenathan 2406 -297 Hadman
4 Hillary Will 2405 -298 Attac
5 Antron Brown 2370 -333 Hadman
6 Rod Fuller 2368 -335 Hadman
7 Brandon Bernstein 2327 -376 McKinney
8 Doug Herbert 2307 -396 McKinney
9 Doug Kalitta 2209 -494 Attac
10 David Grubnic 2194 -509 Hadman
Funny Car[1]
Position Driver Points Points Back Make
1 Cruz Pedregon 2561 - Advance Auto Parts Toyota Solara
2 Tim Wilkerson 2468 -93 Levi Ray & Shoup Chevrolet Impala
3 Jack Beckman 2457 -104 MTS/Valvoline Dodge Charger
4 Robert Hight 2442 -119 AAA. of So. California Ford Mustang
5 Tony Pedregon 2440 -121 Quaker State/Herzog Chevrolet Impala
6 Ashley Force Hood 2385 -176 Castrol GTX Ford Mustang
7 John Force 2303 -258 Castrol High Mileage Ford Mustang
8 Ron Capps 2302 -259 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger
9 Mike Neff 2284 -277 Old Spice Ford Mustang
10 Gary Densham 2217 -344 Racebricks Chevrolet Impala
Pro Stock[1]
Position Driver Points Points Back Make/Model
1 Jeg Coughlin Jr. 2523 - JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt
2 Greg Anderson 2487 -36 Summit Racing Pontiac GXP
3 Kurt Johnson 2450 -73 ACDelco Chevrolet Cobalt
4 Mike Edwards 2388 -135 YoungLife/Penhall Pontiac GXP
5 Jason Line 2388 -135 Summit Racing Pontiac GXP
6 Dave Connolly 2383 -140 Charter Communications Chevrolet Cobalt
7 Alan Johnson 2363 -160 Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus
8 Greg Stanfield 2329 -194 Attitude Apparel Pontiac GXP
9 V Gaines 2234 -289 Kendall Dodge Stratus
10 Ron Krisher 2158 -368 Valvoline Chevrolet Cobalt
Pro Stock Motorcycle[1]
Position Driver Points Points Back Make
1 Ed Krawiec 2471 - Harley-Davidson
2 Chris Rivas 2466 -5 Buell
3 Matt Smith 2451 -20 Suzuki
4 Andrew Hines 2334 -137 Harley-Davidson
5 Angelle Sampey 2310 -161 Buell
6 Chip Ellis 2284 -187 Suzuki
7 Steve Johnson 2283 -188 Suzuki
8 Craig Treble 2270 -201 Suzuki
9 Karen Stoffer 2167 -304 Suzuki
10 Matt Guidera 2156 -315 Buell
  • Drivers in bold have clinched the championship


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