DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE DRAGSTER TO SECOND TOP QUALIFYING POSITION OF THE SEASON SATURDAY AT E-TOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon earned his second No. 1 qualifying position of ...
DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE DRAGSTER TO SECOND TOP QUALIFYING POSITION OF THE SEASON SATURDAY AT E-TOWN
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon earned his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park after the Miller Lite dragster led the Top Fuel order with a 4.482-second elapsed time. It was the 25th top qualifying award of Dixon's career.
After racing the Miller Lite dragster to the second quickest and fastest run of his driving career on Friday night under the lights at Raceway Park (4.482 seconds at 332.26 mph), Dixon and his Dick LaHaie-led race crew opened Saturday qualifying with a pass of 4.514 seconds at 331.53 mph. Dixon's run was the second quickest of the round, while his 331.53-mph speed was the fastest speed of the third qualifying session.
In the fourth and final qualifying session, the Miller Lite dragster blistered the Raceway Park quarter mile in 4.506 seconds at 329.34 mph to remain atop the Top Fuel order. Dixon's 4.506 elapsed time was the quickest E.T. of the round. The 36-time NHRA winner set the Raceway Park track speed record with his 332.26-mph blast on Friday evening.
"We were back in day conditions today," Dixon said. "You're working on a race-day set-up, not trying to run 4.48. The goal is to go down the track and make good runs in the given conditions. I thought we ran really well in qualifying. We made four consistent runs that also were quick.
"We're just going to try and win the first round. Nothing is a given in this sport. That's the great thing about NHRA drag racing. You have to prove yourself each run. There are no provisional spots or freebies in this sport. The best car that round wins the race. We'll try and win the first round and go on from there."
Dixon will match-up against No. 16 qualifier Mitch King in the first round of Top Fuel eliminations, which kick-off at 11 a.m. (ET) on Sunday morning at Raceway Park. Dixon is a two-time winner at the New Jersey track (1995, 2004) and has won on Father's Day the past four seasons.