Phoenix Larry Dixon Qualifying Story

PHOENIX (Feb. 26) - For the second consecutive race of the young 2000 NHRA Winston Drag Racing season, crew chief Dick LaHaie orchestrated four nearly flawless passes as Larry Dixon qualified the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster in the No....

PHOENIX (Feb. 26) - For the second consecutive race of the young 2000 NHRA Winston Drag Racing season, crew chief Dick LaHaie orchestrated four nearly flawless passes as Larry Dixon qualified the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster in the No. 3 position Saturday at the Checker - Schuck's - Kragen Nationals at Firebird Raceway.

Dixon's top qualifying pass of 4.660 at 313.07 mph proved to be his fastest of the season so far, and punctuated the trademark consistency in qualifying that LaHaie has shown since joining the Snake Racing camp late last season. The Miller Lite Team posted laps ranging from 4.730 seconds to 4.660, with just .060 separating all four qualifying attempts.

"I feel pretty fortunate that we went down the track four times in a row when a lot of cars didn't," said LaHaie. "We are always apprehensive about the first round, it's the toughest round no matter who we've got. We are just going to go up there and see if we can get it down the track again. If we do that, then we will try to learn as we are in the middle of this race, keep making changes and make the car run better. There are no guarantees on any of this stuff and that is what is scary."

"I think we did real well as far as getting down the racetrack every time with very competitive runs," said Dixon. "Now it is just a matter of getting out there and doing it on Sunday. LaHaie keeps working on this thing, we run our best speed of the year so far on that last run, so he's getting a handle on the tune up and hopefully we can go some rounds and win this thing."

In the first round of eliminations on Sunday, Dixon will meet No. 14 qualifier David Grubnic (4.725 @ 310.27) for only the second time in his career, with Grubnic taking the first match-up.

Dixon, who posted the first win of his career at Firebird, is in his sixth season behind the wheel and has eight NHRA national event wins in 18 final round appearances after his 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year campaign.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , David Grubnic , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie