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Troxel fourth-quickest qualifier
Troxel, who earned the No. 4 starting slot with a 4.096-second run at 304.67 mph -- the category's fastest speed -- Friday night, came back with a 4.166-second effort in the hottest part of Saturday afternoon that was second-quickest of the session. She races Gary Densham (No. 13, 4.175 at 292.14) in the first round.
"We've had a car that has been running pretty good now for the last three races," Troxel said, ":but on Sunday we've been bitten by the car being a little too aggressive. That's the thing we've been working on this weekend -- getting that variable out of there so we can have a consistent race car on Sunday.
"We went down the track on all but our first pass Saturday, but that's what we have been talking about -- when the car gets unexpectedly aggressive. That was a great opportunity to learn something, to go back out and make the same run and work out that little kink. I think we are pretty happy with the results.
"We've had a pretty good race car for a couple of weeks now but certainly the more consistent you get, the more often you run well, definitely builds the confidence of everybody on the team," Troxel added.
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