NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series – Concord, NC (Sep. 17-19th – 2010)

Winner: Melanie Troxel 5.938 245.95 1st
R/UP: Scott Ray NTR NSR  
Low ET: Brad Personnett 5.843    
Top Speed: Brad Personnett   256.66  
Bump Spot:   6.056    

Melanie Troxel Exhumes Versatility 

By: Craig Wack

Melanie Troxel added another page to her legacy on Sunday when she won the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series race at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at zMax Dragway in the In-N-Out Burger Camaro.

In the process, Troxel won an NHRA national event in a fourth different class. She’s now won in Pro Mod, Funny Car, Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Dragster.

For me to win in four different categories in the NHRA is pretty special,” Troxel said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to run Pro Mod next year, and I was starting to get a little worried.  I only had two more races left in the season. I was getting a little nervous about getting a win in. I wanted to get a win in the Pro Mod class before I retired from it.”

Troxel’s final round ended up being a victory lap of sorts. Her opponent, Scott Ray, suffered an engine explosion in the semifinals and was unable to make the call for the finals.

Troxel’s solo run was a 5.938-second pass at 245.94 mph, more than enough proof that the In-N-Out Burger Camaro was best in the class.

“For us, going out and running our best ET of the weekend in the finals took away a little of that sting. We said we were going to be tough to beat even if he was able to make it.”

She advanced to the finals when opponent Ed Hoover tripped the beams .019 seconds too early and fouled out. Troxel beat Rick Stivers in the second round with a 5.982 second run at 245.99 mph to Stivers’ 8.409 at 111.67 mph.

That wasn’t the only racing Troxel was doing on Sunday. She qualified the ProCare Rx Dodge Charger into the Funny Car field and started the day with a matchup against Tony Pedregon.  In that race, both cars dropped cylinders at nearly the same time, with Pedregon ultimately getting the upper hand with a winning run.

Melanie Troxel's R2B2 Racing/In-N-Out Burger car prevailed in Pro Mod.

Photo by: Dave DeAngelis