Firebird time trials notes 2002-01-17

Dixon and Scelzi lead NHRA time trials at Firebird. CHANDLER - Defending Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and rookie Brandon Bernstein highlighted the field of professional drivers that began testing Friday at Firebird International Raceway for the...

Dixon and Scelzi lead NHRA time trials at Firebird.

CHANDLER - Defending Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and rookie Brandon Bernstein highlighted the field of professional drivers that began testing Friday at Firebird International Raceway for the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Dixon's Miller Lite dragster had the quickest time of the day as it covered the quarter-mile in 4.648 seconds at 265.75 mph despite shutting the engine off well before the finish line.

Gary Scelzi recorded the best Funny Car numbers of the day as his Oakley Dodge Stratus had a .910 60-foot time en route to final numbers of 4.914 at 294.74.

Top Fuel rookie Brandon Bernstein's first pass in the Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster started off well, recording a 60-foot time of .872, but the dragster then lost traction and rolled through the finish line lights in 6.098 at 139.36. His final pass of the day saw him record a .855 60-foot time as the dragster slowed to a complete pass of 5.048 at 208.42.

Craig Treble, who finished second in the 2002 final standings, was the lone Pro Stock Bike competitor to participate in the time trial. The Chandler, Ariz., resident best time of the day atop his Matco Tools Suzuki was a pass of 7.215 at 184.65.

The majority of t teams had planned early shutoffs as they try and gain valuable information with each pass down the track, no matter how much distanced the car travels. The 2003 NHRA POWERade season begins with the 43rd annual K&N Filters Winternationals, Feb. 6-9, at Pomona Raceway. The NHRA will then return to the Phoenix area for the 19th annual Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, Feb. 20-23, at Firebird Raceway.

Other notable complete passes:

TOP FUEL
Tony Schumacher, 4.707, 263.31
Doug Herbert, 4.906, 225.67
Larry Dixon, 4.945, 215.58

FUNNY CAR
John Force, 5.593, 200.29
Tony Pedregon, 5.640, 184.47

Notable 60-foot times after the first day of the 2003 NHRA National Time Trials:

TOP FUEL
Larry Dixon, .855, .855
Brandon Bernstein, .872, .855
Doug Herbert, .847, .854, .851
Tony Schumacher, .869, .856, .869
Paul Romine, .863, .850
David Grubnic, .883

FUNNY CAR
John Force, .930
Gary Densham, .904
Tony Pedregon, .915
Ron Capps, .900, .903
Tommy Johnson Jr., .946, .916
Gary Scelzi, .914; .910
Scotty Cannon, .925
Whit Bazemore, .928, .917, .909
Dean Skuza, .963, .905

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Series NHRA
Drivers Paul Romine , Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , David Grubnic , Gary Densham , Scotty Cannon , Craig Treble , Brandon Bernstein , Tommy Johnson Jr.