Dallas: Melanie Toxel preview

In-N-Out Burger race team coming to Texas on a high note DALLAS (Sept. 20) -- Superstar drag racer Melanie Troxel padded her already impressive career resume Sunday in Charlotte by becoming the first female driver in the 60-year history of the...

In-N-Out Burger race team coming to Texas on a high note

DALLAS (Sept. 20) -- Superstar drag racer Melanie Troxel padded her already impressive career resume Sunday in Charlotte by becoming the first female driver in the 60-year history of the sport to win a Wally trophy in four different categories. Now the wildly popular pro heads to Dallas for this weekend's 25th annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals intent on keeping the good times rolling.

The only female and one of only 14 drivers with victories in the sport's top two classes -- Top Fuel and Funny Car -- Troxel will be looking to put her In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in the winner's circle at the Texas Motorplex, which would make her the first female racer to score a nitro win in Dallas.

"I realize the female thing is something that gets the attention of the media and the fans and I certainly don't shy away from any of that but I'm more proud of the fact that this team as a whole has risen to level where we expect to win and are capable of winning every week," said Troxel, who became the first female to win a Pro Mod race in the NHRA Sunday in Charlotte.

"Now we switch back to our Funny Car and we're anxious to get it up front and contend for some race titles. We've improved our performances throughout the year and we're working on consistency. We're no longer smoking the tires in the place where we have to take timing out to prevent smoking the tires early in the run. Now we're making it further down track and that's a positive.

"The thing is you can recover better if you smoke the tires further down the track versus right at the starting line. We've been working on some other stuff too. The car's going down the track every time so we continue to make improvements and that's all we can ask for."

Named Sportswoman of the Year in 2006, Troxel has now logged wins in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Pro Mod.

"For me to win in four different categories in the NHRA is pretty special," Troxel said. "I'm not sure if I'm going to run Pro Mod next year and I was starting to get a little worried about getting a win because I only had two more races left in the season. We definitely wanted to get one before this season was over, now we have."

Troxel will arrive in the Metroplex early Thursday to take part in a special "Meals on Wheels" delivery to elderly people in the area who are signed up for the charity program. Then it's off to Splitsville in Arlington from 6-8 p.m. Thursday night for a fan appreciation bowling party.

-source: r2b2 racing

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel