Sonoma: Melanie Troxel final report

In-N-Out Funny Car team cooks up a round win in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (July 18) -- Superstar drag racer Melanie Troxel raced her In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger Funny Car to a quarterfinal finish Sunday at the Fram-Autolite Nationals at Infineon...

In-N-Out Funny Car team cooks up a round win in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (July 18) -- Superstar drag racer Melanie Troxel raced her In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger Funny Car to a quarterfinal finish Sunday at the Fram-Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway. Troxel said she was elated to be able to take her Funny Car a couple rounds in In-N-Out Burger's home territory.

In the first round, Troxel drove around Gary Densham in a thrilling pedalfest. Although it wasn't textbook, Troxel knows a win is a win no matter how it's earned.

"It was nice to get that first round win," she said. "It wasn't pretty but that's alright, we'll take it."

When the tire smoke cleared, Troxel had posted a 5.35 second pass at 194.27 mph to beat Desham's 6.513 at 140.66 mph.

During the second round, the In-N-Out team wasn't so lucky. Even though Troxel had a lead off the starting line against opponent Ron Capps, her racecar smoked its tires before the 330-foot mark. Troxel ultimately ran a 5.337 at 165.33 mph in a losing effort Capps' 4.236 at 292.39 mph.

"We needed to step it up and unfortunately that's the chance you take when you try and run a number you haven't run yet," Troxel said. "It's unknown territory, but we had to do it. We took a shot and unfortunately it didn't work. Obviously another 4.30 wouldn't have won that round so it was the right choice."

The team has been working hard to try and make its car more consistent, and at the same time improve performance.

"We have some time off before our next race and we'll get after it to try and make whatever changes are necessary to keep this program headed in the right direction," Troxel said. "We're consistent if we want to run 4.30s. We could have done that all day but we know that's not going to win many rounds."

The In-N-Out team had a lot of support from loyal customers in the Bay Area as well as several No-Cal employees. Adding to the excitement was the fact In-N-Out chief Lynsi Martinez was on hand, not only to support Troxel, but to race her own Super Comp car.

"We were so excited Lynsi was here racing this weekend herself and she won her first round so that was definitely a plus," Troxel said. "Our next official race is Dallas (Sept. 23-25), but you never know where you'll see us pop up before then."

-source: r2b2 racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Gary Densham , Melanie Troxel