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Good Performances from Troxel, Hawley Fall Just Short of Starting Lineup at Atlanta COMMERCE, Ga., April 26, 2008 -- Melanie Troxel and the special Dream House for Medically Fragile Children Dodge R/T Funny team wore dejected looks Saturday...

Good Performances from Troxel, Hawley Fall Just Short of Starting Lineup at Atlanta

COMMERCE, Ga., April 26, 2008 -- Melanie  Troxel and the special Dream House
for Medically Fragile Children Dodge R/T  Funny team wore dejected looks
Saturday afternoon after they came up  .032-seconds shy of earning a starting
position for Sunday's Summit Racing  Equipment Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
On the opposite side  of the team transporter, Frank Hawley, Troxel's Gotham
City Racing teammate,  felt the same way about the performance of his ProCare
Rx Dodge Charger  R/T.  His best time of 4.983 seconds was 18th overall, one
behind  Troxel.
Troxel registered three solid runs in the 4.9s (4.966,  4.994 and 4.971
seconds) and had another of 5.053  seconds.

"Everybody on our team is frustrated," Troxel said. "We all want to be running better . . . but, as I've said before, this is not an easy class. And it' s not getting any easier."

Troxel also was  disappointed because this is the home track of team co-owner
Roger Burgess (Mike  Ashley is the other co-owner) and Dream House.  Burgess
also co-owns  ProCare Rx, which is located in Duluth, Ga.  "We wish we could'
ve done  better for Roger and everyone at the Dream House," she added.  "We'
ll go  home and the guys will get ready so we can come back ready to go next
week.  That's what we do."

The Midwest Nationals gets underway Friday at St. Louis.

Although he's running a limited schedule, Hawley sees improvements in the team after two races.

"We did okay," he said. "It's hard to say that because we didn't qualify, but we did run 4.96 and 4.98 (seconds in qualifying). We had a problem Friday night and we should've gone down the track. We just need to find our groove."

"The guys did a good job all weekend. Aaron (Brooks, crew chief) gave me a really safe car to drive.

-credit: gcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Hawley , Roger Burgess