Defending Mile-High Nationals Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon starts sixth. DENVER (July 20) - NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Miller Lite/Snake Racing Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon heads into Sunday's eliminations focused on his pursuit of...
Defending Mile-High Nationals Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon starts sixth.
DENVER (July 20) - NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Miller Lite/Snake Racing Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon heads into Sunday's eliminations focused on his pursuit of round 13 of the 23-race NHRA schedule - the 23rd annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Despite Saturday's runs that saw his Miller Lite/Mac Tools dragster overpower the racetrack on both of his qualifying attempts, the defending champion of the race remains undaunted and is eager about getting to the starting line for Sunday's race. Entering the weekend with a 157-point advantage in the Top Fuel points chase and looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend in St. Louis, which saw him face his first DNQ since the 1999 U.S. Nationals, a span of 64 consecutive events, Dixon is devoted to his job at hand.
"What I think you saw today is our team trying to improve upon our qualifying time of a 4.84 ET which was a decent run last night," said Dixon, who qualified in the sixth position with his best pass of the weekend running a time of 4.848 seconds, 294.43 mph.
The thin mile-high air and track temperatures hovering around 140-degrees on Saturday made it nearly impossible for any of the Top Fuel teams trying to take steps forward to show any forward progress. "Today the track and the weather conditions wouldn't stand for it. I don't think anybody ran in the 4.80's all day. The first session it spun the tires earlier than the second. We were trying to drag out the clutch and the timing trying to get it to go down the racetrack and it went a little further each time, but it still didn't make it. I would say tomorrow if conditions are similar to today, it's probably going to take low 4.90's to high 4.80's, probably the times you saw similar to St. Louis, to win the race.
Dixon races Paul Romine in the first round of eliminations marking the 10th meeting with Dixon holding the edge seven wins to two.
"I think we're going to set the car up to go down the racetrack smoke free and if he does the same thing let the best team win. We want to make it eight and two after the first round tomorrow."
Elimination rounds start at 11 a.m. MDT with ESPN2 highlighting three hours of coverage of the Mile-High Nationals starting at 6 p.m. EDT.