Denver: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

DIXON QUALIFIES MILLER LITE DRAGSTER THIRD AFTER STRONG QUALIFYING OUTING AT DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to the No. 3 qualifying position Saturday...

DIXON QUALIFIES MILLER LITE DRAGSTER THIRD AFTER STRONG QUALIFYING OUTING AT DENVER

MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to the No. 3 qualifying position Saturday at Bandimere Speedway after the veteran Top Fuel pilot recorded a qualifying-best pass of 4.609 seconds at 317.34 mph.

After making the two quickest passes of his career at the Denver track on Friday (4.664 and 4.609 seconds), Dixon's Miller Lite rail overpowered the hot Bandimere Speedway quarter mile that reached 140 degrees Saturday afternoon as the 37-time NHRA winner coasted to a run of 6.008 seconds at 154.32 mph. Dixon's dragster posted the quickest 330-foot time of the round.

On his fourth and final qualifying attempt of the warm, summer weekend at the Mile-High track, Dixon used a tune-up from crew chief Dick LaHaie to blast his Miller Lite/Ameriquest dragster to the quickest run of the session as Dixon's rail stopped the timers in 4.649 at 316.01 to remain third in the order.

"The best we had ever run here was a 4.72 and we made three runs in 4.60s, so that's pretty good," Dixon said. "We've had a little trouble getting the engine to run on all eight cylinders. If we get that fixed, it should run even better."

"On Sunday, the first run is at noon and it's going to be pretty hot. It's a lot like St. Louis when we run earlier than when we qualified. We'll go up there and give it our best shot. You can't take anything for granted. The guy that goes A to B gets the win light and hopefully, it's us."

The two-time Mile-High Nationals (2001 and 2003) winner will face No. 14 qualifier Mitch King in the first round of Top Fuel eliminations which begins at noon (MT) on Sunday. Dixon has a 5-1 career mark versus the Texas-based driver.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Dick LaHaie , Mitch King