BRISTOL, Tenn. - Melanie Troxel became the first female driver and 14th overall to win in both nitro classes, beating Mike Neff in the Funny Car final Sunday night in the rain-delayed O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Troxel, a five-time winner in Top Fuel, won with a backpedaling 5.06-second run after Neff's Mustang fireballed at 400 feet at Bristol Dragway.
The final was the first between two drivers without a previous win in the class since Gary Clapshaw edged Gary Densham in 1995 in Memphis.
Troxel beat Ashley Force in the second round in the first all-woman pairing in Funny Car eliminations. They are the only female event winners in Funny Car history.
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Earlier, Tony Schumacher won the Top Fuel division, beating Larry Dixon with a 4.555-second pass at 306.81 mph. Schumacher, the defending POWERade Series champion, has three wins this season in the U.S. Army dragster.
In Pro Stock, Dave Connolly beat Greg Stanfield on a final-round hole shot.