Las Vegas II: Larry Dixon Friday summary

DIXON READY TO BATTLE FOR THE FIRST OF TWO TROPHIES AT THE STRIP IN LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27, 2006) -- Larry Dixon has a lot going on this weekend. The first thing on his agenda is competing for the $100,000 check that's up-for-grabs at ...

DIXON READY TO BATTLE FOR THE FIRST OF TWO TROPHIES AT THE STRIP IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27, 2006) -- Larry Dixon has a lot going on this weekend. The first thing on his agenda is competing for the $100,000 check that's up-for-grabs at Saturday's Budweiser Shootout. Then it's on to compete for the Top Fuel title on Sunday.

Dixon and the rest of the Miller Lite team took the first steps toward both trophies Friday with the first day of qualifying for the sixth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Dixon qualified in the No. 11 position. The car made a 4.603-second pass at 329.42 mph in the first session before smoking the tires early in the second session.

"The car ran a really good speed in that first session," Dixon said. "But it seems like we had some issues in the second pass, especially with the performance in the front half of the track."

Dixon is convinced, however, that the team will figure out what problems led to the shaky second attempt.

"I know these guys will spend the rest of the night working on the car," Dixon said. "They won't leave any stone unturned. We have a big race with big money on the line Saturday. The team will work it out."

Over the past calendar year, Top Fuel drivers have qualified to race in the bonus event. The eight-car field will battle in a three-round event and the winner gets $100,000. Dixon has earned three wins in the bonus event in his career. He will face Melanie Troxel in the first round of the Shootout.

"Our first goal was to get qualified for the Shootout, and we did that," Dixon said. "I really like how we run in Las Vegas. For one reason or another, we seem to do well there. It's an altitude-corrected track and we just seem to have a pretty good setup in the car there. When we know you can run well at a certain track, you have to learn how to take advantage of that. Hopefully we can figure out the right setup and take home a couple of trophies."

In just seven seasons of racing in Las Vegas Dixon has earned four wins in five final rounds. Dixon swept the spring and fall events in 2002, won the spring event in 2003, was the runner-up in the spring in 2004 and won the spring race in 2005. He also has two No. 1 qualifying awards from 2001-'02.

-credit: snake racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Melanie Troxel