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Melanie Troxel eyeing one more Funny Car win (at least) for 2008 With the season's final six races approaching, Melanie Troxel has set her sights on a new goal: winning at least one more NHRA POWERade Series event. And it's not out of the ...

Melanie Troxel eyeing one more Funny Car win (at least) for 2008

With the season's final six races approaching, Melanie Troxel has set her sights on a new goal: winning at least one more NHRA POWERade Series event. And it's not out of the question, given her stellar performance at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis two weeks ago.

She earned her first Funny Car victory in March at Bristol, Tenn., and another triumph would give her an even six trophies for her mantle, including four in Top Fuel.

She begins her quest in the Carolina Nationals at the glittering, new zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., Friday through Sunday.

Although several of her first 18 Funny Car races were good character builders, there were plenty of positive vibes when she concluded a consistent qualifying effort with a No. 6 start at Indy and followed on race day with two round wins.

"Getting one more race win would make it a very good year . . . and I think it can be done," said Troxel. "Brian (Corradi) and Mark (Oswald, crew chiefs on the R2B2 Racing Dodge Charger R/T) plan to do some parts and tune-up testing over the next six races so we'll have some good data for next year.

"They went in a new direction before the U.S. Nationals and it is really promising. We've had our ups and downs this year, but right now we are on a roll. We missed qualifying for the Countdown to 1, so we don't have to worry about points."

Although she is locked out of the top 10, Troxel, currently 13th, is only 43 points out of 11th. Not bad when one considers she didn't start four of her first six events as she got used to the shift to driving a Funny Car and the team adjusted to her in the car.

Her best quarter-mile elapsed time is 4.802 seconds (St. Louis) and her quickest 1000-foot time is 4.096 seconds (Seattle).

This is the first of three races in a row -- Dallas (Sept. 18-21), Memphis (Sept. 26-28) -- followed by stops at Richmond, Va. (Oct. 10-12), Las Vegas (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) and Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 13-16).

-credit: R2B2

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