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Troxel ready for first race with Brooks in charge READING, Pa. (Oct. 6) -- Melanie Troxel and the ProCare Rx Dodge Charger Funny Car didn't plan on racing at this weekend's 26th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway but staff...

Troxel ready for first race with Brooks in charge

READING, Pa. (Oct. 6) -- Melanie Troxel and the ProCare Rx Dodge Charger Funny Car didn't plan on racing at this weekend's 26th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway but staff changes necessitated extra time at the track.

R2B2 Racing team owner Roger Burgess hired Aaron Brooks after the Dallas race to tune Troxel's car for the rest of the season and beyond. Brooks immediately asked to attend the Reading race for an extra chance at making the car stronger for the final two races of the season, where In-N-Out Burger signage will be on the car.

"We're trying to get things sorted out before we head to Vegas and Pomona," Troxel said. "Those are two really big markets for In-N-Out Burger and we want to be in top form when we get there."

Troxel pointed out that Brooks isn't starting from scratch with the team as he'll be tuning the same car team manager Frank Hawley piloted two years ago during Brooks' first stint with R2B2 Racing.

"Aaron ran this equipment in 2008 with Frank," she said. "He has a general knowledge of our equipment and should be able to take the setup he had then and go right to that.

"Things are constantly evolving, and I do know he's bringing over some new technology that he's been working with, so he's going to change the car over to what he knows and what he's comfortable with, but for the most part the basic pieces are the same."

Even though there is going to be some experimentation going on with the tune-up, Troxel said the overall goal of the weekend will not change -- qualify well and go rounds on Sunday.

"I go out every weekend planning on being competitive with a chance to win the race on Sunday," Troxel said. "I do realize we're a team that's going through a lot of change right now and we're trying to grow.

"If we go out and make four competitive runs, that will be good. But if you ask everyone on the team I think you'd see that we're hoping for more than that. We want to go out there and qualify in the top-half of the field and have some fun on Sunday."

-source: r2b2 racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Frank Hawley , Roger Burgess