Points leader Larry dixon and the Miller Lite team qualify no.2 at Texas Motorplex DALLAS, Texas (Oct.10) - The 2002 NHRA POWERade defending champion Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite dragster qualified No.2 after the first day of racing Friday...
Points leader Larry dixon and the Miller Lite team qualify no.2 at Texas Motorplex
DALLAS, Texas (Oct.10) - The 2002 NHRA POWERade defending champion Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite dragster qualified No.2 after the first day of racing Friday at the18th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Dixon drove the Miller Lite dragster to a 4.594-second run at a speed of 325.14 mph during the second qualifying session of the day.
Dixon in his Don Prudhomme owned dragster paired against Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools car in round one of qualifying. As Dixon rolled in for his burnout, the sun was out and the temperature read 112-degrees, a welcomed change from the cooler temperatures of the previous four races. The Miller Lite dragster would not be able to take advantage of the hot track, smoking the tire from the start Dixon coasted down the quarter-mile posting a 12.064-second lap at 78.43 mph.
During the second qualifying run held under the lights and a full moon, Dixon flew down the quarter-mile posting a speed of 325.14-miles per hour at 4.594-seconds, beating Doug Herbert's time of 4.630-seconds (305.18 mph).
"It felt good for the team," said Dixon referring to the second session qualifying run, "everyone has been working hard and dealing with the circumstances for the last couple of races, so it's nice to be on the right side. Now they have something they can work with and try to improve."
A prolonged racing schedule caused by rainouts and postponements has been strenuous on the Miller Lite team. This coupled with the recent inconsistency of the car gives way to added frustration. However, Dixon prefers to see things in a different light.
"I look at it as lost opportunities," said Dixon. "Just going down the race track we could have won in Reading. You could have run a low 4.50 at the past few events and would have won. Just missed opportunities. But it's ok, with everything that has happened whether good or bad, it's information and a part of the learning curve. When all is said and done I think we'll be a better team because of it."
Two qualifying sessions remain on Saturday (Noon & 3:30 PM) while Sunday's eliminations are scheduled for an 11:00 AM start. ESPN will air qualifying starting on Saturday from 4-6:00 PM ET with final round coverage of the 18th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals airing on ESPN2 Sunday from 5:00-6:00 PM ET.