Indianapolis: Larry Dixon Friday summary

DIXON KICKS-OFF U.S. NATIONALS QUALIFYING WITH SIXTH QUICKEST PASS OF THE DAY CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2006) Defending U.S. Nationals winner Larry Dixon began his quest to repeat as the winner of NHRA drag racing's marquee race on Friday at ...

DIXON KICKS-OFF U.S. NATIONALS QUALIFYING WITH SIXTH QUICKEST PASS OF THE DAY

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2006) Defending U.S. Nationals winner Larry Dixon began his quest to repeat as the winner of NHRA drag racing's marquee race on Friday at O'Reilly Raceway Park as the 38-time NHRA winner drove his Miller Lite dragster to a pass of 4.546-seconds.

Dixon, a three-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals winner (1995, 2001, '05), used a tune-up from co-crew chiefs Don Bender and Todd Smith to power the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil rail to a performance of 4.546 seconds at 328.22 mph to finish sixth in the 16-car order with four qualifying attempts remaining. Dixon qualified sixth at the U.S. Nationals last year with a 4.510-second E.T.

"We ran a 4.57 to finish Indy testing last Wednesday and our goal coming in here was to improve upon that tonight, and we did that," Dixon said. "We picked up by a few hundredths (of-a-second) and it's a good start for our team."

Nitro qualifying sessions Nos. two and three are scheduled for 2:45 and 7:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.

-credit: www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Todd Smith