Indianapolis: Larry Dixon Sunday summary

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2004) - Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon qualified his Miller Lite dragster in the No. 5 position Sunday at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the home of drag racing's 'Super Bowl' event. Dixon, a...

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2004) - Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon qualified his Miller Lite dragster in the No. 5 position Sunday at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the home of drag racing's 'Super Bowl' event.

Dixon, a 35-time NHRA winner, saved his best for last, using a Dick LaHaie tune-up to power to a performance of 4.575 seconds at 316.83 mph, after recording a pass of 4.687 at 306.95 in the heat of the day on Sunday afternoon. Dixon's 4.575-second elapsed time is his best E.T. since NHRA implemented the 85-percent nitromethane rule in late July.

"We've run pretty well, but that doesn't guarantee anything," Dixon said. "We have to go out there and race Rhonda Hartman-Smith and hope we do better than her and take things one run at a time. I was really pleased with the 4.57 because I know Dicko (Dick LaHaie) has been trying to run that number."

The two-time U.S. Nationals winner (1995, 2001) will face No. 12 qualifier Rhonda Hartman-Smith in the first round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (CT) on Monday, Sept. 6. Dixon is 15-1 in his career against Hartman-Smith and 1-0 in 2004.

ESPN2 will broadcast two hours of early final eliminations coverage from the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals 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.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Rhonda Hartman-Smith