DIXON EARNS 26TH CAREER NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION; SETS BOTH ENDS OF PACIFIC RACEWAYS TRACK RECORDS KENT, Wash. (July 23, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon blistered the Pacific Raceways quarter mile Saturday as he qualified...
DIXON EARNS 26TH CAREER NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION; SETS BOTH ENDS OF PACIFIC RACEWAYS TRACK RECORDS
KENT, Wash. (July 23, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon blistered the Pacific Raceways quarter mile Saturday as he qualified his Miller Lite dragster in the No. 1 position for the 26th time in his career and third this season. Dixon's 4.490-second, 331.36-mp! h effort set both the Pacific Raceways track elapsed time and speed marks.
After pacing the Top Fuel field at the 18th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals on Friday evening with a 4.541-second effort, the 37-time NHRA winner bettered that run on Saturday's first qualifying attempt when he used a tune-up from crew chief Dick LaHaie to race the Miller Lite/Ameriquest rail to the quickest and fastest run in Pacific Raceways history, 4.490 at 331.36. It was the first 4.4-second, 330-mph pass in the seasoned track's history. On his fourth and final qualifying run of the weekend, the veteran rail driver powered the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil-backed dragster to a performance of 4.576 at 315.49.
"The conditions were good last night, but we just needed to get in the show, so we weren't in a position to go for it," Dixon said. "With the cloud cover on Saturday morning, the track had a lot of grip and the car stuck. The E.T. was great, but that 331 was stout. That's almost 10-mph faster than the previous track record coming into this weekend."
"I have all the confidence in my team to make the right calls. I know they're capable of running those kinds of numbers. We did it in Englishtown (New Jersey) last month and that was the last time we raced with normal conditions."
Dixon will match-up against veteran rail driver Don Sosenka in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (PT) on Sunday morning. Dixon is 3-0 in his career against Sosenka.