Charlotte II: Melanie Troxel Saturday report

Troxel continues her double-duty ways in Charlotte CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 18) -- It's been a while since drag racing superstar Melanie Troxel has been required to pull double duty on a Sunday, but it's a task she's more than up for at the ...

Troxel continues her double-duty ways in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 18) -- It's been a while since drag racing superstar Melanie Troxel has been required to pull double duty on a Sunday, but it's a task she's more than up for at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Troxel qualified the R2B2 Racing Dodge Charger No. 9 in the Funny Car field on Saturday as well as won her first round elimination race in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series in her In-N-Out Burger Camaro.

"I think I'm ready to drive both cars Sunday," Troxel said. "Once you get into the rhythm of going back and forth between two pits it's easy. It almost goes on a too much of a leisurely pace on a Sunday."

Troxel had a best pass of 4.132 seconds at 306.26 mph, which was a continuation of that team's success at Indianapolis two weeks ago. She squares off against Tony Pedregon in the first round of eliminations. Pedregon got into the field with a 4.132 at 304.80 mph.

"This is one of best qualifying efforts we've had all year long," Troxel said. "We're running numbers that are less than a tenth off the rest of the pack.

"We still don't have the consistency yet, but we're making it a lot farther down the track before we run into trouble. That's much easier to fix than the problems we had much earlier in the runs, which we encountered last year."

Troxel got into the Pro Mod field by qualifying 12th with a pass of 5.987 seconds at 246.57 mph. She faced off against Jay Payne, who was No. 5 with a 5.948 at 244.16 mph.

The In-N-Out Burger Camaro got a smooth launch and cruised a sold win over Payne. Her run was a 5.985 at 246.35 mph to Payne's 6.003 at 243.94 mph.

"I had to short-shift in low because I felt something kind of strange, like the tires were wanting to shake," Troxel said. "I'm not sure if it would have made it or not. I decided to short-shift, and that conservative decision got us the round win. We should be able to run better on Sunday."

-source: r2b2

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Melanie Troxel , Jay Payne