Epping: R. Todd notes

EPPING, NH - Teenaged Top Fuel phenomenon J.R. Todd can add yet another accomplishment to his steadily growing resume. The 18-year old, rookie driver from Lawrenceburg, Ind., may have lost in his first round loss opposite of Jim ...

EPPING, NH - Teenaged Top Fuel phenomenon J.R. Todd can add yet another accomplishment to his steadily growing resume. The 18-year old, rookie driver from Lawrenceburg, Ind., may have lost in his first round loss opposite of Jim Bailey, but that was overshadowed by his 300.53 mile per hour. Now it's no big secret that Top Fuel dragsters have been running 300 for a while now, but never has a junior dragster graduate ever surpassed the mark. Todd officially becomes the first.

While Todd's growing contingent of fans may have given a few high fives on his latest accomplishment, he wasn't do impressed.

"I lost," explained Todd, who stepped up to the fuel ranks in June after obtaining his license in his first three laps in a Top Fueler. "It's hard to look at things in an optimistic sense when you lose in the first round. I guess I can just throw this into my learning curve."

Todd qualified sixth in the program on the strength of a 4.90 lap during the first qualifying session on Friday. He failed to improve on either qualifying lap on Saturday.

The United Expressline/Bruce Litton Trailer Sales-sponsored driver met Jim Bailey in the first round for the third time this season in eliminations. Todd did his job as a driver by nailing Bailey at the tree with a .012, but at the finish line, the Snap-on Tools-sponsored driver scored the win with a 4.860/291.70.

Todd explains that maybe he's just a little bit impatient.

"I don't think that I'm any different that any other racer out there in that I want to win," explained Todd. "I know that there's supposed to be a learning curve, but I guess I'm a little impatient."

Todd will have the opportunity to score his first national event victory in two weeks when the IHRA Summit Drag Racing tour heads south to Rockingham, NC., for the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals.

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Drivers Bruce Litton , J.R. Todd