Troxel coming home to Bandimere Speedway

It's been a couple of years since she's been there, but drag racing star Melanie Troxel is thrilled to be returning to her old stomping grounds in Denver.

Melanie Troxel
Melanie Troxel

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Troxel, driver of the In-N-Out Burger Toyota Funny Car, is a Colorado native, but hasn't raced at Bandimere Speedway in a few years. So she's naturally looking forward to this weekend's Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals a little more than the average race on the schedule.

"I'm excited to be headed home," Troxel said. "I'm going in a few days early. We actually have several people on the team who are from the Denver area. We've all be sharing our favorite places to eat and we're going to hit some of them while we're there.

"It's going to be great to catch up with family and friends and I look forward to running well in front of all my old friends."

Troxel and her R2B2 Racing teammates have been surging lately after suffering through a miserable first third of the season. The In-N-Out Burger Toyota has won at least one round in three of the last four races and is up to 15th in the Funny Car standings.

Troxel said a strong showing in Denver would likely carry over to the rest of the NHRA's Western Swing -- consecutive races in Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle.

"You tend to carry energy through the races, because they are so close together," Troxel said. "When it starts off rough, it's hard to recover from that. It's important to go out there to Denver and have a good start.

"It becomes more important for me because it is my hometown race. It's not that there's more pressure, but you always want to go home and have a good race."

By: r2b2 racing