CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2004) 0x2022 Two-time U.S. Nationals winner (1995, 2001) Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to its best qualifying performance of the weekend Saturday at Indianapolis Raceway Park. After making his best run ...
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2004) 0x2022 Two-time U.S. Nationals winner (1995, 2001) Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to its best qualifying performance of the weekend Saturday at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
After making his best run since NHRA implemented the 85-percent nitromethane rule change in late July on Friday's opening qualifying attempt at the Nationals, the 35-time NHRA winner followed that up by driving his Miller-backed dragster to two consistent performances on Saturday. The two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion powered his dragster to the quickest run of the second Top Fuel qualifying session by clocking a run of 4.632 seconds at 312.50 mph. Dixon then used a tune-up from crew chief Dick LaHaie to record a pass of 4.605 at 318.24 to place him in fifth in the Top Fuel order at the 50th running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
"We were low for the session on the first run on Saturday," Dixon said. "The performance of the car was real good today. I think we were looking for a little more on the second pass, but we were still fourth quickest of the session. It's certainly encouraging to have the quickest time during the heat of the day."
Dixon and Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite team will have two additional qualifying attempts on Sunday afternoon at 12:45 and 4:10 p.m. (CT) as the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year looks to earn his first No. 1 qualifying effort of the season.
ESPN will show two hours of qualifying coverage from the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at 1 p.m. (ET) and ESPN2 will broadcast three hours of qualifying footage at 5 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 5. ESPN2 will broadcast two hours of early final eliminations coverage at 11 a.m. (ET) on Monday, Sept. 6 and show three hours of final eliminations coverage at 7 p.m. (ET) later that night.