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'Hot Rod' Fuller ready to rock Atlanta ATLANTA (May 2) -- Fresh off a runner-up finish in Bristol, Top Fuel sophomore "Hot Rod" Fuller is poised to make even more headway this weekend in the chase for the Top Fuel championship when the tour...

'Hot Rod' Fuller ready to rock Atlanta

ATLANTA (May 2) -- Fresh off a runner-up finish in Bristol, Top Fuel sophomore "Hot Rod" Fuller is poised to make even more headway this weekend in the chase for the Top Fuel championship when the tour arrives in the Deep South for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Fuller, driver of the Valvoline/David Powers Motorsports rail, feels this may be the weekend for his second win of the season. Only point leader Melanie Troxel has had more chances to win a trophy this year.

"Crew chief Lee Beard along with Rob Flynn and the rest of the gang gave me an awesome car in Bristol and I know that same kind of team effort will be used in Atlanta," Fuller said. "The championship requires that a team be on every weekend. You don't have to win every race. No one can do that. But you do need to have a car that can go rounds. This car can."

Due to rain prior to the start of eliminations Sunday in Bristol and a forecast of storms moving in later in the day, teams were told to quicken the pace between elimination rounds from 75 to 65 minutes.

"Because of the short turnaround time Sunday we had to ask the boss [team owner David Powers] to jump in and help us fuel the car," said Fuller. "We all had our hands full, even the PR guy was helping. But it paid off because at the end of the day, only one team was happier than we were. It just goes to show what a true team we have here."

There have been five different winners in the first six races of the season, proving just how close and competitive this elite division has become. It appears the Beard-orchestrated crew has the knowledge and experience that could give them the extra edge to make it all the way to the winner's circle in Atlanta.

-dpm-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , David Powers , Rod Fuller