Denver: Larry Dixon Friday summary

DIXON POWERS MILLER LITE RAIL TO NO. 3 POSITION FRIDAY AT DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon made two solid passes Friday at Bandimere Speedway as the 37-time NHRA winner qualified his...

DIXON POWERS MILLER LITE RAIL TO NO. 3 POSITION FRIDAY AT DENVER

MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon made two solid passes Friday at Bandimere Speedway as the 37-time NHRA winner qualified his Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite dragster third with a 4.609-second elapsed time.

After Mother Nature delayed the start of qualifying with an afternoon rain shower, Dixon used a tune-up from veteran crew chief Dick LaHaie to blast the Miller Lite/Ameriquest rail to a performance of 4.664 seconds at 309.91 mph, the second quickest pass of the opening round of qualifying.

Friday evening under the lights at the scenic Colorado drag strip, Dixon bettered his first run when the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil dragster stopped the Bandimere Speedway timers in 4.609 at 317.34 to place the Miller-backed dragster third in the Top Fuel order. Dixon's two passes were the quickest runs he has ever recorded at the Denver track. Dixon's previous Bandimere Speedway-best was a 4.729-second E.T.

"We ran better today than we ever have before here, so I'm happy with that," Dixon said. "After we ran 4.66 on the first pass, I knew it would take a mid to high 4.50 to be low and that's what it took. We were on a mid-4.50 run, but it put a hole out and we slowed to a 4.60. We have a really good race car and we'll keep working on it on Saturday."

Dixon eyes his third low qualifier award of the season when Top Fuel qualifying resumes with sessions scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Denver track. Dixon qualified second last season at Bandimere Speedway. He is a two-time winner of the Denver race (2001 and 2003).

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie