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Mon, 3 Sep 2007, 03:38 PM

Top Fuel Round 3 Eliminations
By Dan Bennett





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   91 Larry Dixon                             5 Rod Fuller                   
E3   ****WINNER****  0.069  4.642 316.23                     0.082  6.083 156.59
 Prior rounds:
E2    (H Will      ) 0.061  4.699 308.43      (B Vandergrif) 0.072  4.734 312.93
E1    (A Bradshaw  ) 0.044  4.578 321.81      (D Herbert   ) 0.094  4.556 322.27
 Qualified:             #2  4.481 327.74                        #6  4.524 325.85
We're getting close here, and Dixon is looking to continue his mastery of this track. He's only 3-5 vs Fuller, however. It's a battle of 2007 sponsors and it's great to see the new guys getting the spotlight.

Fuller overpowers the track early one and Dixon will once again be in the finals at the US Nationals.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Tony Schumacher                         4 Melanie Troxel               
E3   ****WINNER****  0.099  4.641 325.45                     0.101  4.839 284.03
 Prior rounds:
E2    (C McClenatha) 0.068  4.544 327.98      (B Bernstein ) 0.096  4.606 325.77
E1    (C Millican  ) 0.078  4.546 324.59      (B Litton    ) 0.087  4.556 329.34
 Qualified:             #1  4.477 333.66                        #4  4.520 329.18
Schumacher has an even better record here than Dixon, and he holds a 7-3 advantage over Melanie. It's a powerhouse battle of two powerhouse owners.

They leave together but Melanie's engine starts pumping smoke by 400 feet which gets increasingly worse.

Schumacher gets lane choice over Dixon by .001 second - one ten-thousandth of a second. The finals pairs the only two racers to win Indy since the turn of the century.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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