Seattle: Dixon Reaches Semis for 9th time out of 13 races

SEATTLE (July 30) - After reaching the semifinal round for the ninth time out of 13 NHRA Winston Drag Races this season, Larry Dixon the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster gained 41 points on second place Tony Schumacher by posting a ...

SEATTLE (July 30) - After reaching the semifinal round for the ninth time out of 13 NHRA Winston Drag Races this season, Larry Dixon the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster gained 41 points on second place Tony Schumacher by posting a semifinal finish Sunday at the Prolong Super Lubricants Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway.

The No. 4 seeded Dixon began his day by running the low elapsed time of the weekend in the right lane with his pass of 4.638 seconds at 312.64 mph to take a first round win over No. 13 Gary Clapshaw (4.831 seconds at 284.03 mph) in the first career meeting between the two drivers. Dixon's speed mark in the opening round also tied Gary Scelzi's Winston Dragster for top speed of the meet honors.

The second round saw the 18th career meeting between Dixon and No. 5 seed Bob Vandergriff Jr. as the Miller Lite pilot proved to be victorious with a lap of 4.706 seconds at 306.26 mph to better the Split Second Dragster's pass of 4.743 seconds at 281.36 mph. With the win, Dixon improved his season mark over Vandergriff Jr. to 2 wins and 1 loss while his career record moved to 13 wins and 5 losses.

In the semifinals, Dixon would face Scelzi for the fourth time this season and the 15th time in his career. Dixon (5.16 secs. At 240.72 mph) gave up lane choice to Scelzi (4.67 secs. At 305.22 mph) and fell victim to the treacherous left lane that wrecked havoc on all cars going down it throughout the weekend. Scelzi went on to win his sixth event of the season.

"Obviously this is a one lane race track which made lane choice critical all day," said Dixon. "Lane choice was really a deciding factor for us. We didn't go out there today and try to set the world on fire. As you can tell, not too many cars won out of the left lane today."

Dixon (994) remains in third place in the Winston Top Fuel points race, just 30 points behind second place Schumacher (1024) and 153 behind first place Scelzi (1147). "Everyone else might have their eyes on second, but I'm not looking there," said Dixon.

The Miller Lite Team returns to action next weekend when they travel to Sonoma, Calif., for the 13th Annual Autolite Nationals (Aug. 4-6) at Sears Point Raceway.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Gary Scelzi , Bob Vandergriff