Bristol: Melanie Troxel final summary

TROXEL ENDS FINAL-ROUND STREAK IN BRISTOL, MAINTAINS POINTS LEAD BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2006) - Melanie Troxel ended her consecutive Top Fuel final-round-appearance streak at six (five in 2006) today at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley ...

TROXEL ENDS FINAL-ROUND STREAK IN BRISTOL, MAINTAINS POINTS LEAD

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2006) - Melanie Troxel ended her consecutive Top Fuel final-round-appearance streak at six (five in 2006) today at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway after fouling out against Rod Fuller in the quarterfinals. She maintains her strong cushion atop the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel point standings, however, with 541 points, 139 ahead of No. 2 in the standings, David Grubnic.

No. 1 qualifier Troxel gave up lane choice to Fuller by two-thousandths of a second after defeating Dave Foley in the first round with her quickest pass of the weekend, a 4.504/326.16 (Fuller won his round with a 4.502/326.32). She took off against Fuller in minus-.034 of a second, but posted another strong run, a 4.574/327.35 to Fuller's tire-smoking 7.507/98.39.

"I knew that Rod Fuller's car and our car ran within thousandths of each other the round before, so I knew it was going to be a very close race," she said. "They took lane choice and I really thought that this might be the type of situation when the reaction time made a difference. I was trying to be really on the mark and I think the combination of that and the fact the car was staged deeper than I intended it to be just didn't work together. I didn't really think I did anything differently," said the Colorado native.

"But, coming back and watching the video tape I could see it was deeper than it should've been.

"I'm really disappointed. I let my guys down, I let everybody at Torco and Skull Shine down, but we still have a great car. We'll leave here with the points lead and we'll come back to the next race and just keep working on our consistency."

"It doesn't matter that it was the end of our streak of going to final rounds. Any time you feel like you let your team down it's tough. You don't want to be the weak link. It's different when it's the car. There are a lot of different factors, everything that goes into it. As a driver, that's one of the hardest things that you can go through.

"On the upside, I know we have a great team. We've come a long way with the consistency of our qualifying and we have a great car. Luckily there's just one week before we come back out to Georgia and have the opportunity to kind of wipe this out of our minds."

-dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Grubnic , Melanie Troxel , Rod Fuller