Las Vegas: Melanie Troxel final report

Possibly headed to the sidelines, Troxel finishes strong in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (April 18) -- Melanie Troxel and the In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team have made a lot of progress during the first six races of the NHRA Full...

Possibly headed to the sidelines, Troxel finishes strong in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (April 18) -- Melanie Troxel and the In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team have made a lot of progress during the first six races of the NHRA Full Throttle Series season.

After winning another elimination round Sunday and generally running well throughout this weekend's 11th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Troxel just hopes the team is able to land more funding so they don't have to break their momentum.

"Potentailly this could be our last race in the Funny Car for three months," Troxel said. "There's no races scheduled for In-N-Out Burger until mid-July when we go to Sonoma. It's a little disappointing to be making progress like this and not be able to continue on."

Troxel opened race day with a matchup against Bob Tasca III. Track conditions were the same as they had been all weekend -- sunny, hot and tough to navigate, but crew chief Lance Larsen turned the right knobs on the engine as Troxel ran a smooth 4.275-second pass at 301.33 mph to nip Tasca, who charged across the line in 4.280 seconds at 288.89 mph.

"For us to be able to go down the track running an ET that was within a few hundredths of a second of what everyone else was running is big for us," Troxel said. "It's what we've been saying we've needed to do all year long -- be closer to the lead pack of cars. I think we accomplished that this weekend."

In the second round she faced off against No. 1 qualifier Del Worsham.

"We didn't have lane choice in the second round," Troxel said. "We hit a tricky spot on the track during the run and spun the tires. That was it for us.

"Still, getting a round win and running close to the best cars in the class takes the sting out of the loss to Del. These were the warmest and greasiest conditions we've seen so far, and I think we fared well."

Worsham won with a pass of 4.481 seconds at 286.38 mph, while the In-N-Out Burger car ran a 4.733 at 207.121 mph.

"We are a little disappointed we didn't make it out of the second round," she said. "At the same time, we feel like we've made huge gains since our last race in Houston."

Troxel said she's not giving up hope that her R2B2 Racing team will find funding to continue their season and try to secure a place in the Countdown to the Championship.

"Our situation can always change if we find a company that wants to come on board and sponsor the car," Troxel said. "You never know; you may see us back out there."

Troxel won't totally be on the sidelines as the In-N-Out Burger Pro Mod Corvette is scheduled to run April 30-May 2 in the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway outside of St. Louis.

-source: melanie troxel racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Melanie Troxel , Bob Tasca III