Columbus: Melanie Troxel final summary

TROXEL PADS POINTS LEAD AFTER SECOND-ROUND LOSS IN COLUMBUS HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2006) - Melanie Troxel, driving the Skull Shine/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, padded her points lead in the NHRA POWERade Drag...

TROXEL PADS POINTS LEAD AFTER SECOND-ROUND LOSS IN COLUMBUS

HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2006) - Melanie Troxel, driving the Skull Shine/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, padded her points lead in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel standings today at the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway, despite a second-round loss to Cory McClenathan.

Her closest competitor, Doug Kalitta, second in points, was ousted in the first round, giving Troxel a 154-point lead after eight of 23 events this season.

Troxel handily eliminated Morgan Lucas in the first round with a stout 4.551-second pass at 323.74 mph to Lucas' 5.038/217.00, then lost traction in the second round against McClenathan. Troxel slowed to an 8.869/82.55 lap, with McClenathan, who also smoked the tires but recovered first, taking the win with a 5.019/302.48.

"The bottom line is, as long as you walk away from the race with a first-round loss, then it's not that bad of a weekend," said Troxel. "Dougie went out a round before us, so we made a little ground there.

"It wasn't a bad weekend. I think we've gotten a little spoiled with all these final rounds (six of the first seven events). We're not extremely disappointed with this weekend, but we're certainly disappointed.

"The car went out there and shook early in the run (against McClenathan), and, even though they didn't run very well, we were out of it early on in that pass."

Next up is the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan., May 25-28.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Melanie Troxel , Morgan Lucas , Don Schumacher