DIXON POWERS MILLER LITE DRAGSTER TO PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT COLUMBUS HEBRON, Ohio (May 20, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon blistered the National Trail Raceway quarter mile with a performance of 4.510...
DIXON POWERS MILLER LITE DRAGSTER TO PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT COLUMBUS
HEBRON, Ohio (May 20, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon blistered the National Trail Raceway quarter mile with a performance of 4.510 seconds at 331.94 mph on Friday's opening qualifying pass to claim the provisional No. 1 qualifying position at the 41st annual Pontiac Performance Nationals.
Dixon, a three-time National Trail Raceway winner and 36-time NHRA Top Fuel winner, used a tune-up from veteran crew chief Dick LaHaie to power to the 4.510, 331.94 effort on Friday's first qualifying attempt. Dixon's speed was the fastest ever recorded at National Trail Raceway.
"It feels good to get the car qualified solidly in the show," Dixon said. "That will definitely keep us qualified. On Saturday, we'll work on a race day setup. We had the car setup for a certain track temperature on Friday night, but the track cooled off rapidly. I guess if it was race day, we would have made an educated guess and hoped that the car hooked up and went down the track. Luckily, it was qualifying and we weren't faced with that."
With the track temperature at 61 degrees and with the entire Top Fuel category struggling to make it down the race track, the LaHaie-led Miller Lite/Ameriquest crew elected not to make an attempt during Friday's second qualifying session.
"We didn't have the correct tune-up for the track conditions," assistant crew chief Don Bender said. "The track temperature was 61 degrees. We had the car setup for a track temp in the 70s."
Dixon and Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite/Lucas Oilteam aim to claim it first top qualifying position since August, 16 2003, when Dixon grabbed the top spot at Brainerd International Raceway. Dixon has recorded 23 No. 1 qualifying positions in his career.