DIXON RECORDS SECOND QUICKEST PASS OF CAREER; QUALIFIES FIRST FRIDAY AT RACEWAY PARK ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon blasted his Miller Lite dragster to the second quickest pass of his...
DIXON RECORDS SECOND QUICKEST PASS OF CAREER; QUALIFIES FIRST FRIDAY AT RACEWAY PARK
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon blasted his Miller Lite dragster to the second quickest pass of his career en route to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position Friday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
The 36-time NHRA winner and two-time Raceway Park winner (1995, 2004) used a tune-up from veteran crew chief Dick LaHaie to pace the Top Fuel field when the Miller Lite/Ameriquest rail stopped the timers in 4.482 seconds at a track record speed of 332.26 mph on Friday's second qualifying attempt. It was the second quickest and fastest run of Dixon's career.
"I wasn't surprised it ran that number," LaHaie said. "I had 4.49 in my mind. I knew what we've run in the past and 4.49 at 331 came into my mind. The conditions gave us a little bit and 4.48 at 332 popped on the board. I love it when a plan comes together.
"I don't think it will be low E.T. I think we can all run quicker tomorrow. The air is always good here. If there's no sun on the track, you can really get after the thing. It's a good facility. This race has always been one of the races to win. So, maybe you try a little harder here."
Dixon, who currently ranks third in the Top Fuel standings, blistered the Raceway Park quarter mile in 4.556 seconds at 329.83 mph on his opening run of the weekend at the historic New Jersey facility. Dixon's speed was the fastest of the first Top Fuel qualifying session.
"When I got out of the car at the top end, I had to make sure I was in the right car when I heard it ran a 4.48," Dixon joked. "It was a nice run. I'm really happy for (Dick) LaHaie. We're not known for our Friday night runs, so that was cool for him. We made two good runs today and I'm happy about that. The Friday night runs are pretty much to jockey for position in the field. We use the day runs to work on our race-day setup, so I'm happy we got down on both runs."
Dixon eyes his second top qualifying award of the season when qualifying resumes Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. (ET). The Miller Lite/Lucas Oil car earned the No. 1 qualifying spot at the Columbus, Ohio event last month. Dixon has 24 career No. 1 qualifying awards.