Long line of first-timers grace list of Pro winners by ProQuest

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Two events later at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Top Fuel driverturned- Funny Car pilot Melanie Troxel squared off with eventual Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award winner Mike Neff, who was seeking his first triumph in his rookie year, in the final round.

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                                                          Neff, who was seeking his first triumph in his rookie
                                                                                                                    two-time runner-up who had won just two rounds of
                                                                                                                    racing in the season’s first six events and was
                                                                                                                    competing in his 149th event as a Pro.
of a racer nabbing a first win are                                      year, in the final round. Troxel, a four-       After crashing twice and failing to qualify six
fairly tough. However, nine drivers                                     time winner in Top Fuel, became the         times, 28-time alcohol-class winner Tony Bartone
in the four Pro categories edged the                                    14th different driver and the first         improved his season dramatically when he scored his
competition to garner inaugural                                         woman to win in both nitro classes          first Pro victory in his 119th start in the Funny Car
victories in their respective classes                                   when she defeated Neff.                     class, winning a thrilling final-round battle with Ron
this season.                                                               Hillary Will, in her third season in     Capps at the Schuck’s Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
    Top Fuel racer Antron Brown is                                      Top Fuel, notched her first victory and     in Seattle.
no stranger to the winner’s circle.                                     became the 11th woman to win in a Pro           In Charlotte, at the inaugural NHRA Carolinas
The former Pro Stock Motorcycle                                         category when she defeated Larry Dixon      Nationals, Pro Stock racer Justin Humphreys scored
pilot won 16 events during his                                          in the final at the O’Reilly NHRA                                   the first Pro win of his career
career aboard a two-wheeler, but                                        Summer Nationals at Heartland                                       with an upset over Kurt
Brown became the first NHRA               
								
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