St. Louis: Melanie Troxel final report

Melanie Troxel Comes Close in Opening Round Loss at St. Louis Positive performances brought smiles all around to Melanie Troxel and the entire Gotham City Racing Funny Car team even though she lost in the first round of the O'Reilly Midwest ...

Melanie Troxel Comes Close in Opening Round Loss at St. Louis

Positive performances brought smiles all around to Melanie Troxel and the entire Gotham City Racing Funny Car team even though she lost in the first round of the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals Sunday at Gateway International Raceway.

It was a weekend of learning experiences, and the knowledge gained will help her and crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald of the ProCare Rx Dodge Charger R/T as the NHRA POWERade Series moves to its eighth of 24 events in two weeks.

Troxel qualified 10th with a stellar 4.802-second effort at 327.59 mph and she added two more solid 4.8-second quarter-mile laps in qualifying.

Mechanical problems caught up with them in back-to-back runs Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The motor expired near the finish line in her final qualifying attempt, slowing her to a 4.82.

Engine trouble interfered with a good run in Troxel's first-round match against Mike Neff.

"We had a cylinder out early and it just murdered the engine," Troxel explained. "By the time we got down to the finish line it eventually pushed the head gasket out (of the motor). It was a close race. If it had held a little bit longer we might've won that round."

As it was, Neff got the win light in 4.904 seconds at 310.63 mph to Troxel's 4.920 at 292.46 mph.

"This was a vast improvement over last weekend," she continued. (Her first round win) "was right there. We would've run in the 4.80s if the motor held together. We're not quite there yet, but we are definitely getting close."

-credit: gcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Mike Neff