Sonoma: Melanie Troxel Saturday report

Troxel puts In-N-Out Burger car in field SONOMA, Calif. (July 17) -- Melanie Troxel drove her In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger Funny Car to the 15th qualifying position at this weekend's 23rd annual Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at ...

Troxel puts In-N-Out Burger car in field

SONOMA, Calif. (July 17) -- Melanie Troxel drove her In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger Funny Car to the 15th qualifying position at this weekend's 23rd annual Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Troxel said she would have liked to qualify higher in the field but unfortunately during the Friday night session, when the low numbers are usually ran, the In-N-Out Burger team had some mechanical issues.

"You want to go out there on Friday night run, that's the hero session," Troxel said. "You want to lay that big number down. Unfortunately the throttle cable came unhooked that session or we think we have run a better number to move us up there in the field. The good news is you can win from any position in the field."

She managed to get down the track all three daytime passes, and improve with each pass. Troxel's best lap of the weekend was a 4.304 seconds at 289.94 mph.

Running the R2B2 Racing machine well in the heat of the day is particularly important considering those conditions are the closest to those on race day.

"We've struggled with some mechanical failures and problems on Friday so today (Saturday) to come out in the heat of the day to make it down the track on two runs," Troxel said. "We're not qualified as well as we would have liked, we're pretty happy that we have a car that goes down the track, and on a lot of the times on Sundays that's what you need -- a good consistent car."

The team has been working hard to get a consistent racecar and being a part-time team makes that a little bit more of a challenge. Troxel said the team has a game plan on how to get back to being the consistent racecar it had earlier in the season.

"When we started out the beginning of the season, we were going down the track almost every pass," she said. "We seemed to have gotten away from that. Lance (Larsen, crew chief) did a lot of pouring over data to figure out when that changed and what changes we have made on the car over the season."

Troxel faces Gary Densham in round No. 1 Sunday. The No. 2 qualifier ran a 4.103 at 300.26 mph in without doubt the most spectacular run of the evening, blowing the body off into about 20 pieces right after he passed through the lights.

Troxel has especially high hopes for her team this weekend because In-N-Out started in California and the team has a lot of support in Northern California.

"Any weekend you go out, the team is trying to win the race every weekend out," Troxel said. "But for us it is particularly important to win here in In-N-Out country with Lynsi Martinez (In-N-Out Burger chief) and so many people here from the local In-N-Out stores. We're working hard to put on a good show for them tomorrow"

-source: r2b2 racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Densham , Melanie Troxel