Gainesville: Larry Dixon final summary

Dixon Suffers Rare First-Round Setback At Gainesville GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) -- Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon missed out on an opportunity to earn his fourth career victory at the track where he earned his...

Dixon Suffers Rare First-Round Setback At Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) -- Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon missed out on an opportunity to earn his fourth career victory at the track where he earned his NHRA Top Fuel license 10 years ago when the 33-time NHRA event winner suffered an uncommon first-round defeat Sunday at Gainesville Raceway.

Dixon powered his Miller Lite rail to a pass of 4.598 seconds at 316.01 mph, but was edged at the finish line by just inches by Doug Kalitta's Mac Tools dragster, which clocked a performance of 4.607 at 307.48. It was one of the closest races of the day at Gainesville Raceway.

"We were on the wrong end of a real tight drag race," Dixon said. "It's a bummer, that's for sure. I had a decent reaction time, but he had a better one. No driver likes to lose on a holeshot and the fact is that I did. I feel bad for the team."

Dixon and the Dick LaHaie-tuned Miller Lite dragster continued to make progress with the new setback blower and six-disc clutch combination, qualifying No. 5 at Gainesville Raceway, a season-best, and posting the second quickest run of the opening round of eliminations.

"The car is running pretty good," Dixon said. "We were the second quickest of the session. Dick LaHaie is sorting things out pretty quickly with the car. Again, we were just on the wrong end of a close race on Sunday. You could run that race again and get a different outcome."

The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the fifth annual Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals, April 1-4, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Dick LaHaie