Melanie Troxel Denver Saturday Report

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Bandimere Speedway

Hometown fav Troxel having fun at Denver drags

So far it's been a happy homecoming for Melanie Troxel at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

Melanie Troxel aboard her In-n-Out Burger Toyota Camry
Melanie Troxel aboard her In-n-Out Burger Toyota Camry

Photo by: Ted Rossino

The Bandimere Speedway fans have flocked to her pits and rooted the In-N-Out Burger Toyota Funny car into the 14th position on Sunday's elimination ladder.

"It's exciting to be able to see family and friends," Troxel said. "But it can be stressful trying to make time for everyone. It's been busy, but good.

"Now all we have to do is put on a better show with the In-N-Out car."

Troxel's best run of the weekend was a 4.744 second pass at 189.23 mph.

"We're struggling with this one-off race," Troxel said. "We come to this altitude once a year and don't have a lot of data on what we need to do to get down the track."

She is paired up against Matt Hagan, who had a best lap of 4.194 seconds at 300.06 mph.

"We're making progress and we're in the field," Troxel said. "With the conditions we're seeing, it's tricky, and I think it can be anybody's race. If you can make it down the track on Sunday you've got a good chance of winning.

"We're going to hope for the best tomorrow and I'm confident Aaron Brooks, my crew chief, will pour over the data and be ready to go."

Troxel said she hopes to add some more great Bandimere Speedway memories to the ones she already has.

"It's been since 2008 since I've raced here," Troxel said. "I can feel a difference in the reception by the fans. We've got pictures taken here of me as a toddler in the winner's circle with my dad's car wearing footie pajamas. Being here in Denver and at this track brings back a lot of memories.

"I look forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow."

By: r2b2 racing

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