Baytown: Melanie Troxel Saturday report

Quick thinking boosts Troxel in Pro Mod eliminations HOUSTON (April 10) -- Melanie Troxel had a snap decision to make during her first round elimination race in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge during the 23rd annual O'Reilly Auto...

Quick thinking boosts Troxel in Pro Mod eliminations

HOUSTON (April 10) -- Melanie Troxel had a snap decision to make during her first round elimination race in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge during the 23rd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park on Saturday.

She was racing against No. 1 qualifier Jay Payne in her In-N-Out Burger VooDoo Corvette and didn't get the best start. So it was either pedal the car or just let Payne drive away.

"You say never give up on race day, but there comes a time -- especially in the Pro Mod cars -- because the window of what you can get away with in those cars is smaller than most classes," Troxel said. "The second time I pedaled the car he was at least eight car lengths ahead of me. I thought, 'This is stupid, pedaling the car when he is that far out from me.' It cleared up by half track and I decided to run it on through. By the time I got it in high gear, I thought I was reeling him in awfully fast."

Fast enough to catch Payne and advance to Sunday's second round after a 6.222 second pass at 242.50 mph. Payne crossed the line at 6.402 at 173.25 mph.

"That's exactly why you don't give up on race day because you don't know what is going to happen on race day," Troxel said. "It wasn't a pretty win, but we'll take it."

The win also extends Troxel's double-duty weekend another day. She faces Rick Stivers in the second round of Pro Mod, and she will square off against Matt Hagan in the first round of eliminations in her In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger Funny Car.

Troxel qualified 12th in the Funny Car. She said the team believes they have the consistency thing down, the next step is finding more speed, after running a best lap of 4.176 at 303.64 mph.

"We're trying to figure out how to run this car really fast," she said. "We're tired of running in the teens (4.13 seconds and higher). We want to run really fast, but there's a learning curve there.

"We're not getting down the track the way we like right now, but it's kind of part of the plan. The plan is to figure out ways to be quick and win some rounds. We're going to keep at it until we get it down the track."

-source: melanie troxel racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Jay Payne , Rick Stivers , Matt Hagan