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R2B2 Racing: Melanie Troxel goes to semifinals at U.S. Nationals Competitive elapsed times keep R2B2 Racing Dodge in contention INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 1, 2008 -- Melanie Troxel and the new R2B2 Racing Funny Car team's impressive qualifying ...

R2B2 Racing: Melanie Troxel goes to semifinals at U.S. Nationals

Competitive elapsed times keep R2B2 Racing Dodge in contention INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 1, 2008 -- Melanie Troxel and the new R2B2 Racing Funny Car team's impressive qualifying performance carried into Monday's U.S. Nationals eliminations at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Troxel qualified sixth -- one of her best showings in two months -- thanks to tune-up changes made by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald.

On race day, the Dodge Charger R/T responded with the quickest elapsed time of the opening round, 4.128 seconds at 301.00, to dispatch Ron Capps' 10.240. She came back with a 4.191 at 293.22 in the quarterfinals to send Gary Densham home. A traction problem in the semifinals slowed her to an 8.786, giving the win to Jack Beckman.

"We would have like to have won the U.S. Nationals," said Troxel. "All-in-all, it was a very good weekend and it was very productive. The changes Brian and Mark made seem to have the car working better.

"Everybody on the R2B2 Racing team feels good about it. We are looking forward to our next race at Charlotte (Sept. 12-14)."

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Rite Aid Dodge Charger R/T loses traction

Traction trouble set in early for Frank Hawley Monday in the first round of the U.S. Nationals, slowing the R2B2 Racing Rite Aid Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car and helping Robert Hight turn on the win light at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Hight, who had traction problems of his own, was timed in 4.894 seconds at 249.07 mph to Hawley's 5.211 at 204.70.

"I was disappointed we weren't able to get a U.S. Nationals round win for Rite Aid," said Hawley, a two-time NHRA Funny Car series champion (1982-83). "The throttle switch broke on the run and that hurt our performance. But we've been able to show in races here and at Reading (Pa.) that we have a fast car. We are looking forward to regrouping and getting ready for our next race."

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Llewellyn does her job, but loses close opening-round race

Peggy Llewellyn didn't show any rust from being idled most of this NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season, as evidenced by her performance Monday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

After qualifying 14th on the R2B2 Motors Buell, the San Antonio-based rider was ready for her race against Andrew Hines. She had a .013-second reaction time and covered the quarter-mile in 7.704 seconds. But she couldn't catch Hines, who registered a near-perfect .002 light and a time of 6.993 at 190.67 mph.

Hines went on to a runner-up finish in the event.

"I qualified for my second straight U.S. Nationals, cut a good light and the bike went straight," said Llewellyn. "I'm proud we had a good race. I want to thank R2B2 Motors and Mark Guidera's Rocklin Motorsports team for giving me this opportunity."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Peggy Llewellyn , Gary Densham , Jack Beckman , Melanie Troxel , Andrew Hines , Robert Hight