Tim Wilkerson ended a yearlong winless drought by racing to his third consecutive O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Funny Car victory on Sunday at Pacific Raceways in Seattle.

Del Worsham (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also were winners.

Wilkerson moved up to ninth in the point standings with his 17th career victory and greatly improved his chances for earning a berth in the Countdown to One, NHRA's six-race playoff which begins Sept. 15-18 in Charlotte, N.C.

Wilkerson powered his Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang to a 4.146-second run at 300.53 mph to defeat final-round opponent Jack Beckman, whose Aaron's/Valvoline Dodge Charger lost traction near mid-track and finished in 4.598 seconds at 238.64 mph.

Wilkerson beat Brian Thiel, Tony Pedregon and Robert Hight to advance to his second consecutive final round and the third of the season.

Wilkerson moved to ninth in the standings with the win, while points leader Mike Neff lost in the first round but holds a 125-point advantage over teammate Hight.

In Top Fuel, Worsham earned his sixth victory of the season and the 31st of his career by outrunning Tony Schumacher in the final round. Worsham, who posted a 3.891 seconds at 316.38 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to hold of Schumacher's 3.915 seconds at 313.95 mph in his U.S. Army dragster, joined Ron Capps as the only drivers to win in both nitro categories at the Seattle track.

Worsham, who beat Ron Smith, Shawn Langdon and Spencer Massey in the first three rounds, won Funny Car here in 1999.

Line took his fourth Pro Stock win of the season and the 25th of his career by beating teammate Greg Anderson in the final round. Line covered the distance in 6.553 seconds at 210.87 mph in his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to finish in front of defending world champ Anderson, who trailed with a 6.567 seconds at 211.13 mph, also in a Summit GXP.

With the victory, Line increased his series lead to 27 points over Anderson.

Several drivers secured Countdown playoff berths, including Hight, Beckman and Cruz Pedregon in Funny Car, and Nobile, Erica Enders, Allen Johnson, Brogdon and Greg Stanfield in Pro Stock.