Phoenix: Melanie Troxel Saturday notes

Disappointing day in Phoenix for Troxel CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 23, 2008) - It was a "chamber of commerce" day in Chandler, Ariz. at the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals - sunny skies and 75 degrees, but the postcard weather wasn't...

Disappointing day in Phoenix for Troxel

CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 23, 2008) - It was a "chamber of commerce" day in Chandler, Ariz. at the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals - sunny skies and 75 degrees, but the postcard weather wasn't enough to put ProCare Rx driver Melanie Troxel into the show on Sunday. Because of rain Friday, qualifying was limited to Saturday's two sessions, and the Funny Car rookie failed to make the 16-car eliminations field.

"It's disappointing, to say the least," Troxel said. "I think it was a combination of a lot of things that kept us from getting in, but overall, I feel really comfortable about how I did today driving."

In her first attempt, she ran 5.731/259.11, smoking the tires at 300 feet and then pedaled the throttle to get down the track under power. Her second lap netted a disappointing 5.853/166.35, landing her in the 18th spot overall.

"That first pass was just strange," Troxel said. "It felt good when I left the line, then it slipped a little so I pedaled it, and at the end of the track, it smoked the tires again. The second lap felt better from the hit, and then it lost traction and I couldn't get it to grab again."

"When I got back to the pit, I was really frustrated with myself because I felt like I'd let the team down, but Brian [Corradi, crew chief] and I looked at the video of the lap and talked about what was going on with the car, and now I feel I've got a good handle on what needs to happen from here.

"We're going to stay in Phoenix after the race to test, and I'll have a chance to get some more laps under my belt to get ready for Gainesville next month. We all knew that there'd be a learning curve, and today was just part of that," Troxel said.

-credit: gcr

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