Pomona II: Melanie Troxel preview

MELANIE TROXEL LOOKS TO END SEASON WITH TOP FUEL WIN POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2005) - In just 10 races of the 23-event 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, Melanie Troxel has demonstrated that she's a serious contender in the Top Fuel ...

MELANIE TROXEL LOOKS TO END SEASON WITH TOP FUEL WIN

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2005) - In just 10 races of the 23-event 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, Melanie Troxel has demonstrated that she's a serious contender in the Top Fuel category, driving the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel Dragster for Don Schumacher Racing.

In this shortened season for the Colorado native, who re-debuted with DSR in Denver of this year, Troxel has surpassed both Shirley Muldowney and Rhonda Hartman-Smith as the quickest and fastest female driver in NHRA history (4.458-second elapsed time, 330.31 mph), became the first female driver to reach 330 mph, has qualified No. 2, reached the semifinal round once, and on several occasions has been second in performance only to her teammate and 2005 Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher.

With those credentials, Troxel is more than ready to win her first Top Fuel race of the season and her career, and she has her final chance this weekend at the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.

"It's been a long year, even though we only started running the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels car in July," said Troxel. "I've been to every race this year (also to support her husband and Funny Car driver, Tommy Johnson Jr.), so there's a part of me that's kind of ready for the break. At the same time, our car has shown so much promise here lately, that it's a little bit frustrating knowing we're going to have to park the car (after this weekend) and wait until next year to pick up on that.

"We've still got one shot at winning a race this year," she added, "and that's our goal going into this weekend. I think we accomplished what we needed to by bringing this car out this year. We helped Tony (Schumacher, by defeating Top Fuel title contenders Doug Kalitta and Larry Dixon in early rounds) and we went out and got ourselves to where we're ready to be competitive right off the bat next year.

"I think those were the two main objectives. And, for me, the only thing that could make this partial season better is to go out and win the last race of the year.

"Pomona is a great track. It looks like we'll have cool weather, which means that the cars are going to run well. There's certainly no question about that. We see a lot of good performances at Pomona and it's definitely a very special race starting out the year and finishing here. For that reason, winning this particular race would be very exciting.

"Next to winning Indy (the prestigious U.S. Nationals), it's one of the biggest races of the year."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Tommy Johnson , Melanie Troxel , Don Schumacher