TROXEL ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND AFTER DEFEATING THE OTHER KALITTA INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2005) - Melanie Troxel notched her second Top Fuel round win of her short 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season today, dismissing her second Kalitta...
TROXEL ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND AFTER DEFEATING THE OTHER KALITTA
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2005) - Melanie Troxel notched her second Top Fuel round win of her short 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season today, dismissing her second Kalitta in two races. Two weeks ago in Memphis she disposed of Doug Kalitta in the first round, today it was Scott Kalitta in the opening stanza of the prestigious U.S. Nationals.
No. 10 qualifier Troxel took the win light with a stout 4.591-second elapsed time at 320.58 mph to Scott Kalitta's tire-smoking 12.557/76.10, which buoyed the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel Dragster team's spirits and prepared them well for their second-round match-up against Doug Herbert.
Perhaps the Avon, Ind., resident was over-excited by the performance of her new car in the opener after struggling during qualifying, and was eager to score her first second-round win of the season. Whatever the cause, Troxel shot off the line with a reaction time of minus-.181 of a second, fouling out and allowing Herbert to garner the victory.
"We struggled through qualifying," she said, "and we weren't quite sure what to expect first round, so we were thrilled to finally get the car to the finish line and run a respectable number that was right there with everyone else. We kind of felt like we had something to work with.
"We went up there for the second round. I wasn't really trying to do anything out of the norm, so I'm not quite sure why I left so early. It wasn't even a close red light (.000 is perfect); it was way, way early. The car smoked the tires after that, which doesn't make me feel much better, but we're going to come out to test tomorrow, make as many laps as we can and see if we can get a little better handle on the car and head to the next race."
Next up is the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., Sept. 16-18, 2005.