SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals
Troxel likes Las Vegas, her chances of qualifying
Melanie Troxel isn’t into gambling, but the driver of the Simayof Jewelers Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car does know something about rolling the dice when it comes to race-car combinations.
Four races and several test sessions into the 2008 NHRA POWERade Series, the first-year Funny Car driver believes a competitive combination is just a few rolls (or qualifying runs, in this instance) away. She and the Gotham City Racing team have four quarter-mile laps to solidify the tune-up when qualifying action commences Friday for the ninth annual SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Troxel has a special affinity for the track. Her second Top Fuel victory came here in 2006. The Strip is where she successfully completed her Funny Car licensing in January and put in a number of test runs following a six-year, 86-race Top Fuel career, during which she earned four victories in 15 final rounds and series finishes of fourth (2006)and ninth (2007).
Foremost, however, is a good racing surface, one that, she says, is “more forgiving for a driver than other tracks we’ve run on recently. For example, if the car gets out of the groove a little at
“I feel confident that we can get the car to perform this weekend, and that we’ll qualify and do well for Simayof Jewelers.”
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