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Troxel 18th, Hawley 19th after First Qualifying Day at Atlanta COMMERCE, Ga., April 25, 2008 -- Gotham City Racing Funny Car drivers Melanie Troxel and Frank Hawley each ran 4.96 seconds in Friday's opening round of qualifying for Sunday's ...

Troxel 18th, Hawley 19th after First Qualifying Day at Atlanta

COMMERCE, Ga., April 25, 2008 -- Gotham City Racing  Funny Car drivers Melanie
Troxel and Frank Hawley each ran 4.96 seconds in  Friday's opening round of
qualifying for Sunday's Summit Racing Equipment  Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
But after one of the quickest second  sessions of the season, Troxel was 18th
with a 4.966-second time at 314.93 mph  in the special Dream House for
Medically Fragile Children Dodge Charger R/T and  Hawley was one step behind her
with his 4.968 at 303.57 mph in the ProCare Rx  Dodge Charger R/T.

That run came in the first session and was fifth-quickest at the time.

"That was a pretty good run for our new car that had never been to the finish line before," said Hawley. On his next run, Hawley said the "car moved toward the center line and I decided to abort the run. The car stopped the timer in 5.226 seconds.

For Troxel, the second was the best . . . and could've been better.

"It  wasn't too bad," she said, "but the team was expecting better. The
motor hurt  itself early in the run when it scuffed a piston."  Her first lap was
timed  in 5.053 seconds.

The good news for each driver is they have two more qualifying runs on the Saturday schedule.

-credit: gcr

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