TROXEL OUT IN OPENING ROUND IN E'TOWN, MAINTAINS TOP FUEL POINTS LEAD ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2006) - Melanie Troxel left the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway today still atop the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top...
TROXEL OUT IN OPENING ROUND IN E'TOWN, MAINTAINS TOP FUEL POINTS LEAD
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2006) - Melanie Troxel left the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway today still atop the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points standings, despite her first opening-round loss of the season.
Troxel was defeated by Larry Dixon under sunny and steamy, near-90-degree conditions at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. She launched first off the line, with a .081 reaction time (.000 is perfect) to Dixon's .102, then held the lead until the 1000-ft. mark (of 1320 feet), until the Skull Shine/Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel dragster began to lose traction. Dixon crossed the finish line as the winner, with a 4.674-second ET at 320.43 mph, to Troxel's losing 4.828/250.69. Margin of victory: .1333 of a second.
When second-in-points Doug Kalitta advanced to the second round, Troxel's points lead appeared to be in jeopardy. As luck would have it, Kalitta was then dismissed in the second round by Rod Fuller, and Troxel held on to her lead by 48 points over Kalitta.
"Even though we had some hot weather conditions in Topeka (Memorial Day), we were still adjusting to them here," said Troxel. "We didn't have any conditions like this in qualifying (this weekend), so we knew that we were going to have to make some changes going up there first round."
"Unfortunately, the Skull Shine/Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels dragster spun the tires down track and kicked the belt off. We had a pretty good lead on Larry up until that point, so I think we're still fairly happy with some things, even though obviously it was not the turnout we hoped for."
"Sooner or later we were going to lose first round. It's tough here because Doug could have taken the lead from us. But, even if he had, it's early in the season and I'm sure we're going to battle back and forth all season."
Next up is the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., June 23-25.