NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals
Troxel's confidence rises with every round win
Las Vegas, pre-race: With every round win, not to mention the five straight final-round appearances she's made in as many NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel events dating back to November 2005, Melanie Troxel's confidence in the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels team continues to build, as the series comes to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the SummitRacing.com Nationals.
Despite occasional qualifying dramas, she applauds team owner
"It's kind of funny the way we struggled in qualifying this year but have been able to turn it around and do so well on race day," she says. "Normally you get your confidence from just having that consistency and running well all weekend long.
"Because of that I
"We're excited to get on the track here. Just a week ago I was thinking that we can't possibly keep up this pace and I was almost bracing myself for a first-round loss. I thought that this was just too good to be true; fate's going to get me back. Now that we've gone to yet another final round, it's just given me the confidence to think that we can keep up this pace."
Each of the first five tracks she has raced on and will race on is unique, as the teams continue to adapt to a new tire mandated by Goodyear. "The Strip is a very nice facility," said Troxel. "It's a little bit of an altitude track. I
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