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Frustrated Troxel vows to make In-N-Out Funny Car better ATLANTA (May 16) -- Melanie Troxel returned to the In-N-Out Burger Funny Car pit Sunday at Atlanta Dragway with a renewed determination to make her 8,000-horsepower Dodge Charger R/T a ...

Frustrated Troxel vows to make In-N-Out Funny Car better

ATLANTA (May 16) -- Melanie Troxel returned to the In-N-Out Burger Funny Car pit Sunday at Atlanta Dragway with a renewed determination to make her 8,000-horsepower Dodge Charger R/T a contender.

Troxel had just lost to reigning Full Throttle Series champion Robert Hight in the opening round of the 30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals and she and crew chief Lance Larsen were analyzing data in an attempt to determine why their racecar went silent halfway down the strip.

"It just quit," Troxel lamented. "We're trying to figure out why.

"I'm not super happy right now. We're not out here to qualify and fill out the field. We're out here to win races. It's frustrating, and not just for me but for everyone on the team. These guys are working day and night to make this car better. Roger Burgess (team owner) is spending as much money as any other team in the pits. We have all the best parts and pieces. We just haven't put it all together yet, but we will."

The team has successfully qualified for all seven national events they've entered in 2010, but success on race day has been elusive with Troxel only carding two round wins thus far.

"In 2006, my team got off to an awesome start and we were winning races and going to the final round just about every weekend," Troxel said. "The effort that crew displayed back then was the same as this team is putting out there now. This is a fickle sport and right now we're having a tough stretch.

"We tried a new chassis here. We're doing different things with the tune-up. We're chasing all kinds of things because no one is happy with our results.

"The good news is we're setting up a test session and the plan is to run the car for however long it takes for us to get it straightened out. We won't rest until we can pull into a racetrack knowing we have a legit shot at winning. We'll get there, no question about it."

The next race on the schedule for the In-N-Out Burger Funny Car is the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals, July 16-18, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

-source: melanie troxel racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Roger Burgess