Las Vegas II: Melanie Troxel final report

Troxel has eventful, successful weekend in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31) - Melanie Troxel reached the finals of what could be her final Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race on Sunday, while also winning one round in the In-N-Out...

Troxel has eventful, successful weekend in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31) - Melanie Troxel reached the finals of what could be her final Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race on Sunday, while also winning one round in the In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger Funny Car at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

"This was a good as my Pro Mod car has ever run," said Troxel referring to her In-N-Out Burger Camaro. "Even if we missed the tuneup a little bit, we got it down the track."

On the way to the final round, Troxel eliminated Chip King, teammate Raymond Commisso and Troy Coughlin. Her ETs were consistently in the 5.90 second range as she picked off each contender.

In the final, Troxel faced Brad Personett. Troxel got a big jump at the line and ran a 5.984 second pass at 244.69, however Personett poured on the power in the back half and crossed the line in 5.859 mph at 254.57 mph.

"Brad has his car figured out," Troxel said. "He absolutely ran better than us. We were beat by the better car today. We didn't do anything stupid, we just got outrun."

Troxel ends the Get Screened America Pro Mod season in fifth place in the points, which is a far cry from her placement in the high teens just a few races ago.

"We came on hard in the last couple of races," Troxel said. "It makes me a little sad at the possibility that I might not be racing this car any more. You never know, that may change."

In Funny Car, Troxel beat Tim Wilkerson in the first round before falling to eventual race winner John Force in the second round in a pedalfest.

"We've made some great progress with the Funny Car," Troxel said. "It wasn't exactly what we wanted, but we're getting down the track and running a lot better than we have before."

Troxel topped Wilkerson with a 4.633 second pass at 273.22 mph, while Wilkerson popped and banged his way to a 7.220 at 112.55 mph. The second-round faceoff with Force was more wild with both cars seemingly crab-walking their way down the track. Force shimmied his car to the finish first with a 4.701 at 197.65 mph and Troxel crossing in 4.856 at 227.38 mph.

The performance capped a busy weekend for Troxel off the track. She helped raise $7,000 for Speedway Children's Charities at the "Troxel Challenge" at The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino's SkyJump. She also entertained English Junior Dragster champion Paige Wheeler during the weekend.

"It was amazing, Paul Lee handed me a nice check after we made the presentation during driver introductions this morning," Troxel said. "The NHRA community's generosity has no limits.

"We also had a great time with Paige and her family. We gave them a taste of what NHRA drag racing is all about and Paige got an inside view of what we do during the weekend."

The In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger will next be in action at the NHRA's season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, Calif., starting on Nov. 11.

-source: r2b2

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Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin , John Force , Chip King , Tim Wilkerson , Melanie Troxel , Paul Lee , Brad Personett , Paige Wheeler