O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals
Todd continues drive for wins, top 10 season finish
Todd, at 24 one of two frontrunners for the coveted NHRA rookie of the year honor, returns to the Motorplex, this time at the controls of the Dexter Tuttle-owned Skull Shine Car Care Products nitromethane-fueled dragster. Todd has experience racing on the only all-concrete quarter-mile race track on the NHRA POWERade Series tour, albeit coming when he drove Jr. Dragsters.
“I raced here in the nationals when I was driving a Jr. Dragster,” said Todd, who is seeking his third 2006 victory in the O’Reilly Fall Nationals. “I’m looking forward to this weekend. Hopefully we got all the bugs worked out of our tune-up during our time at the shop. We should be in good shape because we didn’t race at all last weekend at
Todd and the team now face a run of three straight races – the Skull Shine Nationals is scheduled Oct. 6-8 at
“One thing three races in a row do is keep you fresh in the car.”
Todd upset the field in Denver to get his first NHRA Top Fuel victory (July 16) and came back two weeks later to win again at Sonoma, Calif., defeating Tony Schumacher in each of his title rounds.
Despite missing four races earlier in the year (before Evan Knoll brought Skull Shine sponsorship to the team), Todd has an opportunity to finish in the top 10. He is 105 points behind the No. 10 driver (710-815) with five races and 20 eliminations rounds remaining.
“We can make up some ground if we can win some rounds and get to the semifinals and finals,” said Todd. The mission begins Friday, and it still is possible.
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