O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals
Troxel grabs No. 4 in qualifying
Currently second in a three-way battle for the points lead, which she held through the first 12 events of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Troxel ran a session-quickest 4.620-second pass at 318.32 mph in the final qualifying stint to lock down the No. 4 spot. Her two previous runs were also strong: a 4.638/298.93 Friday night, and a 4.862/250.32 during today's mid-afternoon session.
One qualifying session was cancelled Friday when rain showers passed through
"We went down the track every pass. We didn't smoke the tires, we just lost blower belts on two of the runs. That is just a product of spinning the tires a little bit late, so the runs weren't perfect, but we have a car that will go down the track strong," said the
On setting the quickest pass of the final session: "That last session was definitely warmer than the Friday night session and we ran our quickest ET, and quickest of the session. That gives us a good feeling going into tomorrow. We definitely feel like we have a great car for race day."
This event is considered a "night" race as eliminations on Sunday begin at 3 p.m. "It's going to be tough out there tomorrow at 3 o'clock," said Troxel. "First round will be the hottest conditions we run into on Sunday. We'll definitely have to go up there and do a good job. If we can get past that, I feel like we definitely have a tune-up that will get stronger throughout the day as the track comes to us. We have a great chance at winning the race."
Troxel faces Hillary Will in the first round of eliminations. She has a 2-1 win-loss record against Will this season.
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