DIXON'S RUN OF 4.644 SECONDS LAST MAY GIVES HIM FIRST ROUND BYE ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (Sept. 8) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster retuned to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Friday for a pair of timed runs to help the...
DIXON'S RUN OF 4.644 SECONDS LAST MAY GIVES HIM FIRST ROUND BYE
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (Sept. 8) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster retuned to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Friday for a pair of timed runs to help the team prepare for Saturday's re-scheduled elimination round of the 31st annual Matco Tools Spring SuperNationals.
Originally scheduled in late May, Dixon and the Miller Lite team were able to lay down a time of 4.664 seconds at 311 mph to earn the top qualifying spot before heavy rains and extremely cold temperatures caused the NHRA to postpone the event until this weekend.
Dixon began the day of timed runs with a lap of 4.69 seconds at 311.56 mph, which proved to be fourth fastest among the Top Fuel class. His .440 reaction time on the run was also his best of the season. The second run saw an aggressive tune-up result in Dixon shutting off early after a loss of traction.
"Having today serve as only time trials, we were able to try some things that we usually wouldn't in order to get some more information," said Dixon. "In the night session, we set up the car as high as we could, stood on it, and it just smoked the tires. Tomorrow we will just go back to our daytime tune up and go racing."
Because only 15 cars qualified back in May, Dixon and the Miller Lite/Raybestos Dragster will enjoy an opening round bye. In the second round they will face the winner of the Jim Bailey/ Steve Smith first round pairing. Also of note in the first round is a key meeting between Gary Scelzi and Kenny Bernstein that will play a role in the Winston Top Fuel points race. Dixon is currently third in the points chase, just 125 points behind leader Tony Schumacher.
Saturday's race will be shown on ESPN on Sunday, Sept. 10 beginning at 1 PM EST.