Las Vegas II: Melanie Troxel preview

In-N-Out pro Troxel hoping to double-down in Las VegasJ LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27) -- For drag racing star Melanie Troxel, a second straight win in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series and a strong showing in her Funny Car would be the perfect way...

In-N-Out pro Troxel hoping to double-down in Las VegasJ

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27) -- For drag racing star Melanie Troxel, a second straight win in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series and a strong showing in her Funny Car would be the perfect way to end the season.

This weekend's Pro Mod season finale at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway finds Troxel coming off a win in the In-N-Out Burger Camaro at Charlotte, which resulted in her vaulting into the top 10 in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series points. She is now in ninth place, but is less than two rounds out of third. Another strong race could see her make up some serious ground in the final standings.

"It's very likely going to be my last race in a Pro Mod car, at least for awhile," Troxel said. "So we're motivated more than most to get another win. Our R2B2 Racing cars have hit a stride lately. We've had a tough year with our consistency, but this new Camaro we started running at mid-season is showing it can run."

As has been the case at several races this season, Troxel will be pulling double duty, running the In-N-Out Burger Camaro in Pro Mod and the In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger in Funny Car.

"I've become very comfortable driving the two cars, so that's not even a consideration at this point," Troxel said. "I just want to continue the momentum we started in Charlotte."

She said her time in a Pro Mod car has been a fun adventure and a real test of her driving skill.

"I didn't really know what to expect with the Pro Mod," Troxel said. "At some level I think I was expecting the worst -- these cars can be crazy. You have to learn where the edge of these cars is. They are trickier than any other car I have driven. I had a rough introduction to the class (she flipped the car on her first run). The line between under control and out of control sneaks up on you really quick in this class.

"I've had a lot of fun driving them and this year I feel like I've hit a comfort level in the car and having a lot more fun walking that edge of out of control."

Troxel said she's unsure if she'll drive a Pro Mod next season because the Funny Car team will be racing a full schedule in 2011 instead of the limited one she ran this year.

"If it turns out that I don't drive a Pro Mod next year, I'll miss the class," Troxel said. "I've had a lot of fun, and really enjoyed working with all the guys on the Pro Mod side of R2B2 Racing."

She said the Funny Car team and new crew chief Aaron Brooks learned a lot at the Reading race and at testing following that event.

"We're hoping to get down the track," Troxel said. "I think we'd like to get down the track three times out of four in qualifying and get solidly in the field. That's a reasonable expectation for the team.

"Not too far down the road, Aaron is going to have a really solid handle on this car and the tuneup. If that happens sooner rather than later, then we've got the crew and the equipment to win races."

-source: r2b2 racing

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