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Charlotte - Madison Payne and the Muscle Milk team took a tough first-round tumble at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Madison qualified the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster in the eleventh position with a respectable 5.33 at 277 MPH. As was the case in Las Vegas, the format at the Four-Wide events is different than a traditional drag race as four cars race together in "quads" and the first and second-place finishers in each of the four quads move on to the next round until only four cars remain and in that final race only the car that crosses the finish line first wins the event. In the first round, Madison raced against Kirk Wolf, Sarah Allen, and Mike Lewis. Kirk Wolf made a good run and reached the finish line first followed by Sarah...
Las Vegas - Madison Payne and the Muscle Milk team struggled a little bit this past weekend and came up with plums, oranges, and bells to use an analogy from what Las Vegas is best known for. Even so, the Muscle Milk team still qualified well, landing in the 6th spot in a tough 16-car field. The format at the Four-Wide events is a little different than your typical drag race as four cars race together in "quads" and the first and second-place finishers in each of the four quads move on to the next round until only four cars remain and in that final race only the car that crosses the finish line first wins the event. In the first round, Madison faced Prescott Dean, Casey Grisel, and Juan Cantau-Pompa. At the finish line, it was Dean...
The NHRA Winternationals lived up to its name despite the race being scheduled in early spring. Even with the sometimes wild and wet weather in the later half of the weekend, the Top Alcohol teams got in two qualifying runs on a mostly sunny day on Friday. Madison Payne qualified the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster in the no. 7 position with a 5.37 at 274 MPH. In round one, Madison raced first-time opponent Trever Larkin in the Redline-sponsored entry. At the hit, the Muscle Milk machine was out first with a .087 to Larkin's .108. As the cars charged to the finish line, it was all Madison taking the win with a 5.34 at 274 MPH over Larkin's 5.57 at 257 MPH. "Trever Larkin had a couple of holes out so I never saw him" Madison said. In round...
Phoenix - Towards the end of the 2023 season, some great news came down to both racers and fans alike that the Phoenix facility targeted for demolition would be saved and re-branded back to its former name Firebird Raceway. This past weekend the track reopened for the first NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event on the West Coast for the 2024 season. Madison and the Muscle Milk team showed no signs of rust by qualifying second for the eight-car field with a very competitive 5.24 at 275 MPH. Madison faced Southern California firefighter Johnny Ahten in the first round of eliminations. At the hit, it was Ahten out first with a .055 to Madison's close .064. Unfortunately, as soon as the car launched, Madison's car overpowered the race surface and...
GOTHAM CITY RACING CAR DISQUALIFIED IN NORWALK <img src="http://www.nitromater.com/gallery/files/5/m_troxel_508502.jpg" alt="m_troxel_508502"align="left"borders="0" /> NORWALK, Ohio (June 28, 2008) - The ProCare Rx Dodge Charger R/T nitro Funny Car driven by Melanie Troxel was disqualified following the first round of qualifying in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio because NHRA Officials identified unsecured ballast in the car. An NHRA official release stated that Troxel and another driver, Gary Scelzi, were disqualified from the event after Officials discovered loose ballast in their cars following their qualifying runs. According to page 74 of the NHRA Rule Book, "any material used for the...
Pomona California - Madison Payne concluded her first full season driving the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster at the In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals in Pomona. Madison qualified ninth with a strong 5.24 at 276 MPH for yet another juggernaut field of tough contenders. In round one, Madison faced a familiar opponent, Tony Stewart. Both Stewart and Madison have come a long way since the 2022 season when they both began their careers driving an A/Fuel dragster. At the start, it was Stewart out first with a .050 to Madison's .083. As the cars moved past the starting line Madison began to lose traction as did Stewart a little farther down the track. Both drivers had to peddle but Madison was farther behind as she smoked the tires sooner in the run...

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