Pomona: Dixon in seventh after two rounds

Larry Dixon's two consistent qualifying laps, including his No. 7 qualifying effort of 4.67 seconds at 308 mph recorded on Friday has the Don Prudhomme owned Miller Lite Dragster poised for Saturday's $100,000 Top Fuel Shootout during the NHRA...

Larry Dixon's two consistent qualifying laps, including his No. 7 qualifying effort of 4.67 seconds at 308 mph recorded on Friday has the Don Prudhomme owned Miller Lite Dragster poised for Saturday's $100,000 Top Fuel Shootout during the NHRA World Finals at Pomona Raceway.

Dixon entered the second Top Fuel qualifying session today as the No. 4 seed with his lap of 4.711 seconds at 308.43 mph set on Thursday afternoon. Dixon got his first crack at the right lane at Pomona this weekend as Crew Chief Dick LaHaie helped pick up .04 of a second en route to a lap of 4.672 seconds at 308.92 mph and the No. 7 spot on the qualifying ladder. Although the Miller Lite Dragster showed the consistency it needs to win the World Finals on Sunday, it did suffer a parts malfunction due to excessive pressure build-up in one of the engine cylinders and as a result oiled the track down for the third time this season.

In spite of the oil down, Dixon and the team are optimistic about the performance of the car and their chances for success in Saturday's $100,000 Top Fuel Shootout. Dixon is the No. 5 seed in the Shootout and will face No. 4 seed Kenny Bernstein in the opening round. Dixon already has one Shootout title for his career coming during his 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year campaign.

"We ran a .71 and a .67, which would have been quicker if it hadn't been for the oil down," said Dixon. "As far as our chances going in to tomorrow's Shootout, we are just going to take it one round at a time."

The Miller Lite/Raybestos pilot enters this weekend's race ranked No . 2 (1,550) in the Winston Top Fuel points race, 226 points behind leader Gary Scelzi (1,776) and 13 points ahead of third place Tony Schumacher (1,537 ) who has made his return to racing this weekend.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Tony Schumacher , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie