Las Vegas II: Larry Dixon Friday summary

Dixon qualified sixth with eyes on a fourth straight no.1 in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nevada. (Oct.24) -- With the first day of qualifying complete at the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Larry Dixon posted a time of 4.559 seconds at 324.83 mph Friday...

Dixon qualified sixth with eyes on a fourth straight no.1 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada. (Oct.24) -- With the first day of qualifying complete at the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Larry Dixon posted a time of 4.559 seconds at 324.83 mph Friday night to position the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster in the No. 6 spot at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In his first qualifying pass newly crowned 2003 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon struck the tires at the half way mark and coasted the Miller Lite dragster to a 6.258 second finish at 140.52 mph, while Doug Kalitta posted a time of 4.543 second (325.30 mph).

Dixon's best run of the day came just before 8:00 PM in front of thousands of NHRA fans and hundreds of camera flashes as he sped down the quarter-mile. Crew chief Dick LaHaie tuned the Miller Lite/Raybestos ride to a smooth 4.559-second lap at 324.83 mph, defeating Jim Head's time of 4.591 seconds (322.34 mph).

Dixon has something that crew chief Dick LaHaie and team owner Don "The Snake" Prudhomme don't have. In a combined 86 years of racing experience LaHaie and The Snake have never raced at The Strip; completed in 2000.

"It doesn't make a difference, everywhere we go there's a quarter mile," commented Dixon, "This one is just a little bit higher than most of them, with the exception of Denver. I just try and keep it in the groove and do the best job I can."

Winning at The Strip earlier this year, double victories in Las Vegas last year and securing the 2003 championship title has made the Miller Lite dragster a hot item this weekend. So hot, the dragster is favored 2/1 by the Las Vegas sports books. "I'd rather we were the talk of the town at the end of the weekend and not at the beginning," said Dixon.

The ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals continue tomorrow with qualifying sessions at 12:30 and 3:30 PM and will be televised by ESPN2 at 11:30 PM. Final elimination rounds begin Sunday with an 11:00 AM start.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta , Dick LaHaie