Columbus: Larry Dixon Friday qualifying summary

Points leader Larry Dixon and Miller Lite Dragster in provisional third position at National Trail Raceway. COLUMBUS, Ohio. (June 14) - Larry Dixon, driver of the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster, placed third after the...

Points leader Larry Dixon and Miller Lite Dragster in provisional third position at National Trail Raceway.

COLUMBUS, Ohio. (June 14) - Larry Dixon, driver of the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster, placed third after the completion of the first day of qualifying for the 38th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals from the National Trail Raceway.

He recorded a good pass in the first session, marching down the quarter-mile to the tune of a 4.687 elapsed time, 312.57 mph. In the evening session, the Miller Lite/Mac Tools team bettered that mark, lowering it to 4.645 seconds along with a top speed of 310.41 mph.

"The first run was exactly what we wanted to accomplish," said Dixon, the current POWERade Top Fuel point leader with a 203-point margin over his nearest rival. "Our program this afternoon was to get our car to go from A to B and make sure we're in the show. On tonight's run, we stepped it up a bit because of the cooler conditions and we were probably looking for a possible 4.58 to 4.60 time and it ran a 4.64 ET and the speed was way down for the kind of run we had hoped for.

It should have run a speed of 320 mph at that pace. All in all, it wasn't bad and we ended up third. Our Miller Lite Dragster seems to run better when the sun is out. Fortunately, that's when we race and that's what counts."

On this particular race weekend, as a tribute to the 2002 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Dixon is donning a red Miller Lite/Red Wings hat showing his allegiance. Dixon and Snake Racing team manager, Skip Allum, both avid hockey fans, were in attendance at game two of the Stanley Cup finals that were played in the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

"I was fortunate to be able to go to game two and the folks from the Miller Brewing Company took great care of us," said Dixon. "I saw them clinch the championship last night and that really has motivated me for the race, so I felt I should wear their colors."

Qualifying continues with two sessions starting at noon and 3 p.m. EDT with Saturday highlights to be aired on ESPN2 starting at 8 p.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme