POST RACE NOTES: 22nd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol Feb. 24-26, Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz. TOP FUEL * Rod Fuller, from Las Vegas, earned his second career victory and first win of...
POST RACE NOTES: 22nd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by
Feb. 24-26, Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz.
* Rod Fuller, from Las Vegas, earned his second career victory and first win of the season when he defeated Melanie Troxel in the final round. Fuller powered his Valvoline/David Powers Homes dragster to a 4.563 at 321.42 to hold off Melanie Troxel's charging Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels dragster, which posted a 4.589 at 318.92.
* It was the third consecutive final round appearance for Troxel (dating back to last season's NHRA Finals), who maintained her POWERade Series points lead, 14 ahead of Fuller.
* Troxel is the wife of Funny Car winner Tommy Johnson Jr.
* Tony Schumacher drove his U.S. Army dragster to the No. 1 qualifying position with a track record elapsed time of 4.459 seconds at 330.96 mph. It was Schumacher's 24th No. 1 qualifying effort of his career and his second No. 1 effort at this event.
* For the third time in his career, Schumacher posted 4.4 second performances in all four qualifying attempts. He extended the streak of 4.4-second performances into the first two rounds of eliminations. His six straight total for the weekend is the most by any Top Fuel competitor. He lost in the semifinals to Fuller when his U.S. Army dragster had mechanical problems at the start.
* Larry Dixon defeated Morgan Lucas by .0034-second in the second round of Top Fuel eliminations to claim the $1,000 Motel 6 Who Got the Light Award.
* Schumacher's U.S. Army team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
* Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to his seventh career victory (fifth in Funny Car) by outrunning John Force in the final round. Both cars lost traction during the race, but Johnson managed to get his Skoal Chevy Monte Carlo across the finish line first in 5.225 at 249.76, while Force's Castrol GTX Ford Mustang trailed with a 5.705 at 294.69. It was Johnson's first FIR victory.
* Johnson is the husband of Top Fuel runner-up Melanie Troxel.
* Eric Medlen raced to his sixth No. 1 qualifying performance of his career with a performance of 4.707 at 321.96 in his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang. It was his first No. 1 effort of the season and his first at FIR.
* Del Worsham's Checker Schuck's Kragen team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
* Warren Johnson raced to his 96th career victory, defeating former crew chief Greg Anderson in a final round battle between Pontiac GTOs. Johnson pulled away in his GM Performance Parts Pontiac after Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac lost traction near mid-track. It was Johnson's third victory at FIR and first win of the season.
* Anderson raced to the 42nd No. 1 qualifying effort of his career, his second of the season and the second at this event. He clocked a track record time of 6.671 seconds to earn the position.
* Warren Johnson clocked a track record speed of 207.08 mph in his GTO.
* Jason Line's Summit Racing team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
POWERADE FAN NATIONALS
* Lindy Bush, 18, of Las Cruces, N.M., won the second round of the NHRA POWERade Fan Nationals. Bush, a student at New Mexico State University attending her first NHRA POWERade Series event, defeated hundreds of area fans to claim the victory, driving realistic POWERade Funny Car simulators. She will have the opportunity to race for the ultimate title of 2006 POWERade Fan Nationals Series champion in November at the 42nd Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.