Dixon races to his 400th career round. Reaches 11th final round in 2002. BRAINERD, Mn. (Aug. 18) - Miller Lite Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon maintained his NHRA POWERade points lead by 80 after the running of the Rugged-Liner NHRA Nationals at the...
Dixon races to his 400th career round.
Reaches 11th final round in 2002.
BRAINERD, Mn. (Aug. 18) - Miller Lite Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon maintained his NHRA POWERade points lead by 80 after the running of the Rugged-Liner NHRA Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway, the 15th race of the 23-race NHRA National event tour. He reached his 11th final round appearance of the season before surprisingly losing traction against Kenny Bernstein in the money round.
In Dixon's opening round of competition against Luigi Novelli, he rapidly outdistanced his adversary running near to his qualifying effort with an elapsed time of 4.654 seconds, 319.60 mph and then he earned his 400th career round in the quarterfinals of racing the hard way with both the Miller Lite car and opponent, Darrell Russell lighting up the tires. The quicker reacting Dixon pedaled his dragster twice and made it to the finish line first recording a 6.084 elapsed time to Russell's coasting time of 9.147 seconds, 90.78 mph.
Against Tony Schumacher in the semi-finals, Dixon methodically motored down the track with a time of 4.672 seconds, 315.78 mph to Schumacher's trailing time of 4.759 seconds, 311.92 mph.
"We could have gone out in the second round, but Larry saved us on that deal when he out pedaled Russell," said Dick LaHaie, veteran crew chief of the Miller Lite dragster. "Then we came back and won the next round and Bernstein ran real well also.
"We didn't try to step it up that much in the finals. We thought we'd kiss it a little bit; but obviously it didn't want to take it. We weren't going for the throat or anything else like that. It's a shame we lost any points at all to him. I don't like it. We've got seven races remaining to try and hold him off."
The next NHRA National event is the most prestigious on the circuit - The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Labor Day, Sept. 2.