From The Snake Pit Top Fuel Points Battle Heats Up As Larry Dixon Claims 11th Career Low Qualifier Mark At Texas Motorplex Tuner Dick LaHaie Dials Miller Lite Dragster To Track Record 4.508 E.T. ENNIS, TEXAS (Oct. 20) Larry Dixon rocketed...
From The Snake Pit
Top Fuel Points Battle Heats Up As Larry Dixon Claims 11th Career Low Qualifier Mark At Texas Motorplex
Tuner Dick LaHaie Dials Miller Lite Dragster To Track Record 4.508 E.T.
ENNIS, TEXAS (Oct. 20) Larry Dixon rocketed Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster to a track record 4.508-second elapsed time at 321.65 mph on Saturday to claim his 11th career low qualifier award during the 16th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.
Dixon's top qualifying pass was his third of the season (Brainerd, Memphis) and was his second No. 1 qualifying effort at Texas Motorplex. His first came in 1999 when he clocked a low e.t. lap of 4.545 seconds. With his stellar qualifying performance, Dixon and the Miller Lite Team now sit just 55 points (less than three rounds) out of first place in the Winston Top Fuel Championship points race.
Crew Chief Dick LaHaie found the tune-up he was looking for on Friday as Saturday's warmer track conditions played right into his engine-clutch combination. Dixon began the final day of qualifying in the left lane and blistered down the quarter-mile course for the track record mark of 4.508 seconds a number that may have been even lower if it had not been for a thrown blower belt just before the finish line. The second and final qualifying pass of the weekend also was impressive as Dixon's shot of 4.530 seconds at 322.34 mph was his fastest speed during qualifying and was the second straight session that the Miller Lite car ran low elapsed time.
"I'm not trying to send any messages," said Dixon. "We go into every race trying to be number one qualifier and this week we were able to get it done. Dick LaHaie, our crew chief, he found a few things that were in the clutch and motor that was able to get our car running real strong today to be low on both sessions. Having LaHaie running things, he has always seemed to have done well at the Dallas races, and while I haven't won here before, I have worked on Snake's cars and been part of the pit crew that has won here, so this place has been good to us so I am excited about racing tomorrow."
"The object of the game is to try and win the race and if you win the race, you'll end up getting more points than Kenny (Bernstein)," said Dixon. "The way the ladder has worked out, if we are able to win this race, we'll get a couple rounds. But first things first, we need to get by first round. I don't count anything for sure. We just gotta go in there tomorrow and do our jobs and hopefully things will go our way this time."