DIXON NARROWLY MISSES CUT AT DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 23, 2006) & ...
DIXON NARROWLY MISSES CUT AT DALLAS
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 23, 2006) Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon narrowly missed the 4.703-second bump spot behind the wheel of his Miller Lite dragster Saturday at Texas Motorplex.
The 38-time NHRA winner opened qualifying at the 21st annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals by powering to a pass of 4.704 seconds at 318.84 mph to card the seventh quickest run on Friday. Dixon then drove his Don Bender/Todd Smith-tuned rail to a performance of 4.782 at 291.13 on Saturday's first attempt, which followed an early afternoon rain delay. On the fourth and final qualifying attempt of the weekend, the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil rail made a consistent run of 4.719 at 309.63 to finish 18th in the 16-car Top Fuel order. Dixon's 4.704-second pass missed the cut by one thousandth of-a-second.
It is just the sixth time in his 12-year professional driving career that Dixon failed to compete in eliminations. The last time the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year did not qualify for eliminations was the fall Joliet, Ill. race in 2004 breaking a streak of 44 consecutive starts.
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 22nd annual Toyo Tires Nationals, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. Dixon is a two-time finalist of the Reading race. The race was originally schedule for Sept. 14-17, but was postponed due to rain.