Infinenon Raceway Sears Point
Troxel equals season-best qualifying effort in Sonoma
Riding a wave of support from a partial Northern California crowd that obviously loves In-N-Out Burger, Funny Car star Melanie Troxel equaled her best qualifying effort of the season in her In-N-Out Burger Toyota by qualifying fourth at the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals with a 4.108-second pass at 308.07 mph.
"I'm always so impressed with the fan support when we come to California," Troxel said. "The fans here certainly love In-N-Out Burger, and they're always excited to see our racecar make a run.
"I raced a lot here early in my career, and I don't know people remember me racing out here or not back then, but one of the great things about it is they support us now just as much as they did back then. And we had an In-N-Out Burger car then also.
"When you're a little down about racing stuff, just seeing the fans out here supporting you is a big pick-me-up. It really has us motivated to do well tomorrow."
Troxel has every reason to believe she'll run fast at Infineon Raceway. Her strong qualifying effort pits her against Paul Lee in the first round. Lee qualified 13th on the grid with a 4.187 at 269.40 mph. Troxel beat Lee in their only meeting earlier this season in Englishtown, N.J.
"I'm happy with a top-four spot," Troxel said. "Theoretically, that should make it better for us on race day when we're up against cars in the bottom half of the field. But of course, you can never count on that.
"We're going to go out with our A-game tomorrow. We tried a few things on the last couple of runs that didn't really get us down the track, but they were things we needed to know, parts we needed to try on the car, and we learned from them. Now we'll shift back to the way the car was when we ran that 4.10 and try to go some rounds."
By: r2b2 racing