Las Vegas II: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

Dixon looks to break several records Sunday at AcDelco Las Vegas Nationals. LAS VEGAS, Nevada. (Oct.25) -- Two-time champion Larry Dixon remained qualified at No. 6 on Saturday with his lap of 4.558 seconds at 324.05 mph as the Don...

Dixon looks to break several records Sunday at AcDelco Las Vegas Nationals.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada. (Oct.25) -- Two-time champion Larry Dixon remained qualified at No. 6 on Saturday with his lap of 4.558 seconds at 324.05 mph as the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster heads into Sunday elimination rounds at the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Dixon entered Saturday's final two qualifying sessions as the No. 6 seed with an elapsed time of 4.559 seconds set on Friday evening. Looking to improve on his qualified position, the two-time champ ran solo in the first round of Saturday qualifying posting a good clean run at 323.66 mph/ 4.607 ET. The top 10 of the 24-car field remained unchanged after round three of qualifying

The Indianapolis-based driver improved both his speed and time with an afternoon pass of 4.558 seconds at 324.05 mph, defeating Darrell Russell's effort of 4.637 seconds at 314.24 mph. Dixon remained the No. 6 qualifier and secured a first round match up with No. 11 Clay Millican.

The Miller Lite driver's previous best career qualifying effort in Las Vegas was a pair of No. 1 seedings, first in 2001 and again in 2002. His best finish at The Strip includes several winners' circle appearances, twice in 2002 and earlier this year with a win against Doug Kalitta. The difference between the Vegas race six months ago and this weekend? "I'm not worried about the points any more," replied Dixon.

Dixon has already accomplished one year-long goal by earning the Top Fuel championship and if tomorrow goes as planned he'd like to check off a second. If the Miller Lite/Mac Tools dragster advances to the second round on Sunday, Dixon will reach 60 round wins. "I'm worried about 59 at the moment," said Dixon, "I'm not thinking any further than that."

With a final round appearance not only will the Snake Racing driver tie his own record of most final rounds in a single season (14 -2002), he will also break the Top Fuel National Event Season Round-win record of 61 (K. Bernstein-2001).

The Snake Racing dragster is ranked No. 1 in the $100,000 Shoot Out point's race. He has $400,00 championship check in hand and hopes to deposit an additional $100,000 at the conclusion of the Top Fuel Shoot Out in Pomona.

Sunday eliminations begin at 11:00 AM and will be televised by ESPN from 5:00-7:00 PM and additional coverage at 9:00 PM on ESPN2.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme