Topeka: Troxel starts seventh

Topeka, Kan. (Sept.30): Starting only her third race in the Exide Batteries dragster and the sixth of her rookie Top Fuel season, Melanie Troxel has kept her qualifying streak intact by entering final eliminations for the Advance Auto Parts ...

Topeka, Kan. (Sept.30): Starting only her third race in the Exide Batteries dragster and the sixth of her rookie Top Fuel season, Melanie Troxel has kept her qualifying streak intact by entering final eliminations for the Advance Auto Parts Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in the top half of the field.

In the six races she has entered in 2000, she has qualified for each and has never been lower than the No. 7 qualifier.

"That's a reflection of the quality programs I have been lucky enough to be a part of," explained Troxel referring to her qualifying record.

Troxel's first pass of the second day of qualifying was a 5.278 e.t. at 184.04 mph. After the third session, Troxel was still in the No. 7 spot.

In the final qualifying run, Troxel rebounded with another consistent 4.683 e.t. at 313.94 mph. Troxel will face David Grubnic in the first round of eliminations. Troxel has never faced Grubnic in eliminations in her short Top Fuel career.

Final eliminations are scheduled to begin at 10:00 am.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Grubnic , Melanie Troxel