Defending NHRA Champ Larry Dixon No. 3 after Friday at Pomona. POMONA, CA (Feb. 7) -- Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's pass of 4.586 seconds (313.88 mph) recorded on Thursday afternoon has proven to be his best thus far ...
Defending NHRA Champ Larry Dixon No. 3 after Friday at Pomona.
POMONA, CA (Feb. 7) -- Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's pass of 4.586 seconds (313.88 mph) recorded on Thursday afternoon has proven to be his best thus far during this weekend's K&N Filters Winternationals and has put the Miller Lite Dragster in the No. 3 position going into the final day of qualifying.
Dixon began the weekend with his 4.58 second-lap Thursday to take the provisional low-qualifier position at the conclusion of the first day of action.`As the low qualifier, Dixon needed to wait his turn until the final pair of Top Fuel cars came to the starting line, giving him his first shot down the left lane of Pomona Raceway.`Already solidly in the field, Dixon's second qualifying attempt did not see him remain atop the ladder as his No. 1 car suffered an air fitting failure, alerting the champ to shut off early.
"Obviously we wanted to run better today than we did on Thursday, but it wasn't to be," said four-time NHRA champion and crew chief Dick LaHaie.`"With new cars you have a few problems here and there sometimes.`We had as air fitting that broke which basically let all the CO2 out of the system and nothing will function.`None of the clutch timers functioned, ignition timers don't function, fuel timers don't function.`So it is just kind of a scrap run and fortunately he (Larry) aborted it and didn't tear up a lot of parts, which it would have done if he stuck with it.
Final qualifying sessions resume Saturday, which are highlighted with the inclusion of the $100,000 Top Fuel Shootout.`Dixon is the No. 2 qualifier for the specialty event based on his qualifying efforts over the last calendar year.`His first round opponent will be No. 7 Doug Herbert.`Dixon is the defending champion of the Shootout, as well as this weekend's Winternationals`- another title he will be looking to defend on Sunday.
"As far as going into the Shootout tomorrow, obviously we would like to win the thing, but our main concern is to make the car go down the racetrack and get qualified a little better for the race on Sunday," said LaHaie.
Television coverage of this weekend's qualifying will be seen on ESPN 2 on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10:00 PM -- Midnight (ET).`Race day coverage will be shown Sunday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 -- 9:00 PM (PT).