Pomona II: Melanie Troxel Saturday summry

TROXEL NABS HER SECOND NO. 2 IN POMONA QUALIFYING POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2005) - Melanie Troxel claimed her second No. 2 Top fuel qualifying spot of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, marking the first time she and her Don ...

TROXEL NABS HER SECOND NO. 2 IN POMONA QUALIFYING

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2005) - Melanie Troxel claimed her second No. 2 Top fuel qualifying spot of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, marking the first time she and her Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher have qualified one-two.

Troxel posted three stout runs in three days in the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels dragster, including an opening 4.534-second run at 326.63 mph, a 4.508/307.58 in the third session, and finally a stunning 4.473-second ET at 329.83 mph in the last attempt.

Despite the outstanding run, Troxel showed a bit of disappointment at not qualifying No. 1.

"This is the last race of the year and our last shot to go out and do something great to end the season," she said. "It would've been really nice to have that No. 1 spot, especially for everybody at Skull Gear and Torco Race Fuels.

"But we're certainly happy with the No. 2 and that means Tony and I don't have to face each other in eliminations, theoretically, until the final round. And that's always a consideration with your teammate, especially when your teammate is as tough as Tony Schumacher.

"We were trying to run just a little bit quicker than that. It was a great run. Not quite what we expected , I think, from the clutch department. That was off a little bit, and that probably made the difference.

"We can't be unhappy with a pass like that. It made the difference between qualifying 1 and 2, but the fact that we're getting down the track in conditions that will be similar to what it's going to be like tomorrow is the most important thing.

"We feel like we have a good race car and a good shot at winning the race."

Troxel faces Doug Foley in first round of eliminations on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Melanie Troxel , Doug Foley , Don Schumacher