Troxel's best thousand-foot time puts here eighth overall SEATTLE, July 19, 2008 -- The sun, absent from Friday's opening qualifying rounds, returned to Pacific Raceways Saturday and slowed elapsed times. But it didn't make any difference to...
Troxel's best thousand-foot time puts here eighth overall
SEATTLE, July 19, 2008 -- The sun, absent from Friday's opening qualifying rounds, returned to Pacific Raceways Saturday and slowed elapsed times. But it didn't make any difference to Melanie Troxel and the Gotham City Racing Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team. They stayed eighth over all and she races Tony Pedregon in Sunday's opening round of the Schuck's Auto Supply.
Troxel's Friday times were 4.109 and 4.096 seconds and she added runs of 5.846 and 4.182 seconds on Saturday. Pedregon qualified ninth, 4.098 seconds.
The good opening-day performance enabled crew chief Brian Corradi to use the third qualifying run to test. "I've had a blower and some clutch parts I wanted try and that was the perfect time to do it," Corradi said of the weekend's slowest run. "We came real close to making a good run and we did learn some things. Making the top 10 is our ultimate goal and being able to test parts will help us get there."
Troxel, meanwhile, was happy to make laps in both conditions.
"I think when we come out for first round tomorrow we are going to have the cloudy conditions in the morning and then it's going to burn off and be like it was for both passes today. We've had some experience in each of those situations. We tried something on the first pass this morning. That's the benefit of making two good runs on Friday. You feel comfortable trying something different.
"We put everything back where it was and we feel fairly confident about our last run. It was a good one on a pretty hot race track in the same kind of conditions we're probably going to see tomorrow."
Starting in the top half of the field is a good thing, too, added Troxel, "because you get lane choice. But, at the same time, being at the top of the field hasn't really been that good to me. Even going back to my dragster days, I've tended to do better from the bottom half of the field."
"I know the crew chiefs like to have lane choice and to be a little bit higher in the qualifying position but, as a driver, I'm good from wherever we race. Everybody has a shot on Sunday."