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Troxel opens U.S. Nationals qualifying in ninth place INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 29, 2008 -- "It felt good to make a nice, clean run right out of the box," Melanie Troxel said Friday after turning in a 4.231-second elapsed time at 293.60 mph in the new...

Troxel opens U.S. Nationals qualifying in ninth place

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 29, 2008 -- "It felt good to make a nice, clean run right out of the box," Melanie Troxel said Friday after turning in a 4.231-second elapsed time at 293.60 mph in the new R2B2 Racing Dodge R/T Funny Car. The time was ninth quickest as qualifying began for Monday's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Crew chief Brian Corradi felt the same way. "It definitely was nice to get down the track on that run," he said.

"Brian planned to make some changes and this may be the beginning of a new direction," Troxel added.

She has two qualifying runs Saturday and two more Sunday.

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Tire smoke slows Hawley in first U.S. Nationals qualifying round

Despite experiencing tire smoke in Friday's only qualifying session for Monday's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, driver Frank Hawley and crew chief Aaron Brooks of the R2B2 Racing Rite Aid Dodge Charger were not disappointed.

"We want to go out and get a good performance every time," said Hawley. "Obviously we didn't expect to smoke the tires. We just tried to go faster than the race track would hold."

He was timed in 5.170 seconds at 146.38 mph.

"I expect we will rebound Saturday," added Hawley. "We want to make a good run in the first session and conditions will be better for the later run."

Two more runs Sunday complete qualifying.

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Llewellyn's 7.262-second effort good start for new R2B2 Motors team

Peggy Llewellyn was all smiles Friday evening after her first Pro Stock Motorcycle ride for R2B2 Motors put her 11th out of 25 entrants in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

She stopped the timers in 7.262 seconds and wound up 11th with four more qualifying attempts -- two Saturday and two Sunday -- remaining before Monday's eliminations.

"I'm really excited," she said. "What a great debut for R2B2 Motors. We should be able to run better on Saturday. We definitely have more in it."

She finished fourth last season but was without a ride for much of 2008. This is only her fourth event.

-credit: r2b2

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Series NHRA
Drivers Peggy Llewellyn , Melanie Troxel , Frank Hawley