Posted by: staff

Mopar drivers have jumped out to an early lead on defending champion Ford in the race for the 2013 NHRA Manufacturers Cup championship. Vincent Nobile (pictured) scored in his Avenger for Dodge in Pro Stock at the recent O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries.

Dodge drivers have accumulated 680 points through the season's first three events -- NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in Pomona and Phoenix and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener in Gainesville -- exactly double the number accumulated by Ford racers.

Chevrolet is in third with 280 points and Toyota fourth with 160 markers.

Points are awarded to current-year entries in Pro Stock, Super Stock, and Stock as follows: 60 for an eliminator victory, 40 for an eliminator runner-up, and 20 for an eliminator qualification.