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Sun, 25 Feb 2007, 04:46 PM

Top Fuel Round 3 Eliminations
By Rick Green





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 23rd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Rod Fuller                             73 Whit Bazemore                
E3   ****WINNER****  0.097  4.525 326.87                     0.108  4.808 246.66
 Prior rounds:
E2    (B Vandergrif) 0.121  4.476 328.14      (C Millican  ) 0.120  4.582 321.73
E1    (D Grubnic   ) 0.079  4.466 329.91      (H Will      ) 0.104  4.513 326.95
 Qualified:             #2  4.471 331.61                        #6  4.507 327.19
Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer 28.89 inches, adjusted altitude 2,005 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.

This is a rematch of the second round in Pomona and Fuller won that one. Fuller with the starting line advantage and never looked back to go to final round here for the second year in a row. Bazemore started to haze the tires around 800 feet.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Tony Schumacher                         4 Melanie Troxel               
E3                   0.059  4.660 292.33     ****WINNER****  0.063  4.539 328.46
 Prior rounds:
E2    (C McClenatha) 0.064  4.461 324.90      (B Bernstein ) 0.080  6.712 172.54
E1    (D Herbert   ) 0.059  4.498 328.70      (M Lucas     ) 0.110  4.492 330.07
 Qualified:             #1  4.430 328.22                        #5  4.495 331.12
Schumacher has a six to two advantage over Troxel in head to head match ups. Schumacher has a slight starting line advantage and the lead until about 800 feet and it appeared his engine started to go away. Troxel with a great looking pass and she will give up lane choice to Fuller in a rematch of last year's final

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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