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Troxel runs top speed to take No.6, Ashley sits 15th ENGLISHTOWN, New Jersey (June 20, 2008) - ProCare Rx Funny Car driver Melanie Troxel delivered the top-speed so far of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals to take the provisional sixth spot...

Troxel runs top speed to take No.6, Ashley sits 15th

ENGLISHTOWN, New Jersey (June 20, 2008) - ProCare Rx Funny Car driver Melanie Troxel delivered the top-speed so far of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals to take the provisional sixth spot while teammate and local favorite Mike Ashley landed in the provisional 15th position after one day of qualifying.

After a soft first round, Troxel blasted her way to the top with a 4.835-second 321.50 mph quarter-mile while Ashley smoked the tires second round and had to stand on his 5.007/298.54 from the first round.

"It wasn't a number one qualifier, but today is really what you want to do on a Friday. You get one pass down the track that's a conservative run to hopefully get you in the middle of the back of the pack for the night session which is when you know you're going to have your opportunity to run your best," Troxel said.

"First round, everyone was spinning the tires, but we were able to get down the track, and then tonight we went out there with a pretty good lap. It was a nice straight run and we stayed hooked up all the way down," she said.

Ashley has attempted to qualify twice before at his home-town event without success, but the Long Island resident said he's confident he'll be in the show come Saturday night.

"This year we've got the benefit of having two cars making laps so we can get data to help get us down the track, and I have to say that Aaron Brooks and Rod Centorbi have had this Charger on a tear lately, so I have no question as to making the field," Ashley said.

"The first round, we were fifth-quickest, which proves we can get down the track in the heat of the day, and then tonight we just had a little too much oomph where the track couldn't hold it, so we smoked the tires. We'll be fine," he said. Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions scheduled at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Eastern Daylight time.

-credit: gcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Mike Ashley