Pomona II: Larry Dixon Friday summary

DIXON MOVES UP IN QUALIFYING AT NHRA SEASON FINALE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2006) -- Larry Dixon quietly moved up the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel qualifying ladder on Friday at the 42nd annual Automobile Club of Southern ...

DIXON MOVES UP IN QUALIFYING AT NHRA SEASON FINALE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2006) -- Larry Dixon quietly moved up the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel qualifying ladder on Friday at the 42nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California Finals.

Dixon drove his Miller Lite dragster to a 4.549-second pass at 322.24 mph during the second of four scheduled qualifying sessions. The time moved Dixon up from ninth to seventh place. More importantly, it gave crew chief Don Bender solid data for the Auto Club Raceway surface.

"It's great that we improved," Dixon said. "So far the car has been very predictable. They put a certain setup in the car and we got the numbers they expected from it. We tried to pick up the pace a little from Thursday and we did that.

"A cylinder went out near the end of the track, which hurt the ET so tomorrow we want to come out here and run on all eight cylinders tomorrow and see what happens."

Dixon recorded a 4.568 run at 327.90 on Thursday. The Van Nuys, Calif., native is trying to improve on his three career wins in five final rounds at Pomona Raceway.

"We're going to try and run a 4.49- 4.52 run tomorrow and see what we can get out of this car," Dixon said.

Professional qualifying continues at noon and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Final eliminations for the 23rd of 23 NHRA POWERade events will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

-credit: www.snakeracing.com

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