Englishtown: Larry Dixon final qualifying summary

Top Fuel points Leader Larry Dixon earns 5TH pole of 2002 with quick pass Saturday at Matco Super Nationals. Englishtown, NJ (May 18) -NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon earned his fifth low qualifier award of ...

Top Fuel points Leader Larry Dixon earns 5TH pole of 2002 with quick pass Saturday at Matco Super Nationals.

Englishtown, NJ (May 18) -NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon earned his fifth low qualifier award of the season in the Miller Lite Snake Racing Dragster with a pass of 4.561 seconds (323.35 mph) Saturday and will look to win his sixth race of the season during Sunday's 33rd Annual Matco Tools Super Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Dixon entered the final day of qualifying in the No. 10 spot after getting only one lap on Friday due to rain. He then climbed nine positions with the quickest pass of the day at 4.561 seconds, which would prove to be good enough to keep the pole. Dixon's second run and final qualifying attempt clocked in just over 10 seconds at nearly 76 mph. Dixon's low E.T. resulted in his 17th career pole and his third at Englishtown.

As the top qualifier Dixon will square off against No. 16 Don Sosenka for the third time of his career and holds a 2-0 advantage over the Mr. Magoo Dragster pilot. Should the Miller Lite/Raybestos Dragster reach the winner's circle Sunday it would be the first time Dixon has won at Raceway Park since his rookie season in 1995. It would also give Dixon his six win of the season and would tie his career best of six wins in a season set during his Top Fuel championship runner-up season in 2001.

"I was pleasantly surprised," Dixon responded when asked if his time would hold as low qualifier. "These conditions are so good that you could run a national record. We didn't hit it and no one else did either. It was a great run. It was carrying the front end for a long ways and was up real high, then set it down and it was quite a ride. It wasn't the furthest I ever carried the front end, but it was probably the highest. As it was that was our only full run down the track, so it was an important one at that."

"You can't take anyone lightly," said Dixon referring to his first round opponent, Don Sosenka. "He just went three rounds last week (Atlanta)." "Look at Mitch King in Houston," Dixon said recalling his first round setback to King after a part malfunction cost him the round. "You have got to go up there from point A to point B, and if you do it better than whoever you're racing, then you will win."

Sunday's elimination round is scheduled for an 11 AM ET start and will be televised on ESPN 2 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM ET with an encore airing again Monday, May 20 on ESPN 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Mitch King