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Emergence of Fuller, Todd shaking up Top Fuel

Have you checked who's leading the Top Fuel standings? Hot Rod Fuller and J.R. Todd? Where are Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon? They're playing catch-up, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: April 12, 2007, 10:47 AM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN.com

One year ago, the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel firmament was a place where one could find a genuine veteran presence. Melanie Troxel, beginning her second tour of duty with Don Schumacher Racing -- after embarking into the Top Fuel fray with DSR in 2000 -- was in the midst of a hot streak. Troxel strung together five consecutive final rounds from the '06 opening gun and led the points through the first 11 events.

During that stretch, experienced drivers such as David Baca, David Grubnic and ...

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