Troxel on a roll, ready to rock
Dallas, Friday: With the roll Melanie Troxel and the Vietnam Veterans POW/MIA Top Fuel dragster is on right now, it seems to be no stopping her. She continued that streak of great passes recording an elapsed time in the Friday night qualifying session at the Texas Motorplex for the running of the O’Reilly Fall Nationals of 4.545 seconds, 331.94 mph to occupy the provisional No. 2 position.
“It’s easy to say when you have one good weekend that it should turn your weekend around,” said a delighted Troxel, who is coming off fresh from her victory in Memphis last weekend. “I can honestly say, I see a change in the crew chiefs, showing an entirely different attitude and you can see that enthusiasm in the crew as well. I’m the same way and the whole crew is coming together and we’re getting a lot more confident. The performance is a result of that positive thinking. There’s so much to this and it has to do with the chemistry of the team – not whether you like each other, but having that right attitude to go out and win and make it happen when it all comes together.
“We’ve known for a while that we were coming around as a team. We’re on a roll right now and definitely improving. We’re very happy with the way the car is running and as a driver, it’s incredibly easy to drive, which makes it nice. We’ve been down the track on both passes and one of those was in the heat (4.589 seconds). To me, that’s a very impressive pass. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow, again in the heat and that’s a big deal, so we can be ready for race day.”
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