NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: Sixth annual NHRA O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals April 28-30, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. TOP FUEL * Doug Kalitta, from Ypsilanti, Mich., raced to his first victory of the season, second...
NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES:
Sixth annual NHRA O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals
April 28-30, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
* Doug Kalitta, from Ypsilanti, Mich., raced to his first victory of the season, second in a row at Bristol Dragway, and third overall at the Tennessee track. He powered his Mac Tools dragster to the win with a performance of 4.537 seconds at a track record speed of 331.53 mph, while runner-up Rod Fuller's Valvoline/David Powers Homes dragster lost traction at the start. It was Kalitta's 25th career victory.
* The final round meeting between Kalitta and Fuller was a rematch of last season's Bristol Top Fuel final.
* Melanie Troxel drove her Skull Shine/Torco Race Fuels dragster to the first No. 1 qualifying effort of her career, clocking a category-best 4.539 second run at 324.05 mph. She is the seventh female to qualify No. 1 in a pro category in NHRA history. She is the sixth female to qualify No. 1 in Top Fuel.
* Troxel left the starting line too early in the second round, giving the automatic victory to Rod Fuller. It is the first race this season that Troxel didn't advance to the final and ends her final round streak at six consecutive races (dating back to the 2005 Auto Club NHRA Finals).
* Cory McClenathan escaped injury following a spectacular high-speed accident when his FRAM/Carrier Boyz dragster went out of control and crashed during Friday's evening qualifying session. He was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center where he was checked and released later that evening.
* Troxel maintained her POWERade Series points lead at 139 points over Dave Grubnic.
* Clay Millican earned $1,000 for winning the Motel 6 Who Got the Light award for his .0041-second margin of victory in his first round victory over Larry Dixon.
* Hillary Will's KB Racing team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
* Ron Capps, from Carlsbad, Calif., earned his third victory of the season by defeating John Force in the final round. Capps' Brut Dodge posted a 4.793 at 319.52 and crossed the finish line in front of Force's quicker, but losing Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, which posted a 4.788 at 310.13.
* It was Capps' 20th career victory (19 in Funny Car/1 in Top Fuel) and his second victory at Bristol Dragway (also 2001).
* Eric Medlen raced to the No. 1 qualifying position with a track record time of 4.755 at 306.53 in his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang. It was Medlen's second No. 1 qualifying effort of the season, seventh of his career and second straight at this event.
* With the victory, Capps increased his POWERade Series lead to 122 points over John Force.
* Ron Capps' Brut Dodge team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
* Jason Line, from Terrell, N.C., raced to his first victory of the season, defeating teammate Greg Anderson in the final round. Line's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO covered the quarter-mile distance in 6.716 seconds at 205.35 mph to hold off Anderson, whose Summit GTO clocked a 6.752 at 204.70 in the runner-up effort.
* The victory was the ninth of Line's career and his first at Bristol Dragway.
* Line is the sixth different Pro Stock winner in as many events.
* Line claimed the No. 1 qualifying spot in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO with a performance of 6.727 at 204.66 mph. It was Line's second top qualifying effort of the season and sixth of his career.
* Line lowered the track elapsed time record to 6.708 seconds during eliminations, while Mike Edwards posted the track speed record at 205.19 mph in his Young Life Pontiac GTO.
* With the runner-up finish, Anderson maintained his series points lead, 51 in front of Line.
* Greg Anderson's Summit Racing team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
POWERADE FAN NATIONALS
* Austin Olinger, 12, of Kingsport, Tenn., won the sixth round of the NHRA POWERade Fan Nationals. Olinger, a sixth grade student at Sullivan Middle School and an O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League competitor, defeated hundreds of area fans to claim his second POWERade Fan Nationals victory, driving realistic POWERade Funny Car simulators. With the victory, Olinger, who won at Bristol last season, becomes the first repeat POWERade Fan Nationals winner. He will once again have the opportunity to race for the ultimate title of 2006 POWERade Fan Nationals Series champion in November at the 42nd Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.