Bristol: Dixon has opening round finish at Showdown

BRISTOL, TN (July 8) - Opening Saturday's action at the 2nd Annual Winston Showdown, Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster posted the second-quickest lap of the final qualifying session before recording an opening round...

BRISTOL, TN (July 8) - Opening Saturday's action at the 2nd Annual Winston Showdown, Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster posted the second-quickest lap of the final qualifying session before recording an opening round finish to funny car driver Frank Pedregon at Bristol Dragway.

This morning saw Crew Chief Dick LaHaie tune Dixon to his best lap of the weekend, a clocking of 4.743 seconds at 301.60 mph. The elapsed time would prove to be the second quickest of the third and final qualifying session before the first round of eliminations began later in the afternoon. His 4.74 run earned Dixon the No. 6 qualifying spot overall and a first-pair, first-round meeting with No. 19 Pedregon, marking the first time the two drivers have met. This year marked the second time in as many Winston Showdowns that Dixon was in the first pair of cars.

In the first round of eliminations between the top fuel dragsters and funny cars, Pedregon's Checkers-Schuck's-Kragen funny car left the starting line first given the .27 second handicap awarded to funny cars in an effort to even the playing field with the generally quicker top fuelers. It would also be the funny car driver who crossed the finish line first as Pedregon's time of 5.082 seconds bettered Dixon's lap of 6.349 seconds at 145.51 mph.

Snake Racing teammate No. 13 Ron Capps took his U.S. Tobacco/Miller Lite Chevy Funny Car to Sunday's second round with his winning lap of 4.911 seconds at 299.53 mph over No. 12 Mike Dunn's time of 5.033 seconds.

The field of 16 remaining top fuel dragsters and funny cars resume action Sunday with the second round of eliminations scheduled to begin at 11 AM.

Dixon and the Miller Lite team take no time off as the team heads to Denver's Bandimere Speedway next week for the Mopar Mile High Nationals. His 864 points rank third overall in the Winston top fuel points race, just 127 out of first place.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Pedregon , Larry Dixon , Mike Dunn , Ron Capps , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie