LARRY DIXON BEGINS BID TO "THREE-PEAT" AS GATORS CHAMP BY QUALIFYING NO. 4 FRIDAY AT GAINESVILLE RACEWAY GAINESVILLE, FL (March 14) -- Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon began his bid toward NHRA and Gatornationals ...
LARRY DIXON BEGINS BID TO "THREE-PEAT" AS GATORS CHAMP BY QUALIFYING NO. 4 FRIDAY AT GAINESVILLE RACEWAY
GAINESVILLE, FL (March 14) -- Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon began his bid toward NHRA and Gatornationals history Friday as he qualified the Don Prudhomme Racing Miller Lite Dragster in the No. 4 position with his lap of 4.569 seconds (322.46 mph) at the 34th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals.
Dixon came into the weekend with the chance to become the first Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to win three consecutive Gatornationals titles following his wins at Gainesville Raceway in 2001 and 2002.`Dixon rewrote drag racing annals earlier this year as he was the first Top Fuel driver to win back-to-back Winternationals titles at Pomona, California.`
Dixon's day started with a pass of 4.593 seconds (320.17 mph) down the right lane to sit No. 4 after the first session.`He later picked up just under .03 of a second on his following lap to improve his elapsed time for the weekend, but remained in the No. 4 position.`Brandon Bernstein currently owns low elapsed time (4.547 seconds).
"I think today was really good," said Dixon.`"This is the first real hot weather that we have raced in this year and when it's hot and humid it changes the engine and the clutch around quite a bit.JIt seems like (crew chief) Dick LaHaie and the guys have done a good job adjusting for it and each run we make is just a little bit quicker.`I know for LaHaie to be happy he wants to run a little bit quicker than that and we are not far off of the pole--only a couple of hundredths.JSo, I don't think that is out of the question.`We just need to go out there and see what happens."