Baytown: Larry Dixon eliminations summary

Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite dragster continue to lead the NHRA Top Fuel points race. HOUSTON, TX (April 13) - Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's jaw dropping pass of 4.523 (325.92 mph), secured him a spot in Sunday's ...

Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite dragster continue to lead the NHRA Top Fuel points race.

HOUSTON, TX (April 13) - Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's jaw dropping pass of 4.523 (325.92 mph), secured him a spot in Sunday's second round of eliminations at the Pennzoil O'Reilly Spring Nationals.

However, the Don Prudhomme Snake Racing Dragster would not see past Doug Herbert and the second round, after a disappointing 10.762 pass of 85.16 mph. The dragster was improperly set for existing track conditions. "It's like playing baseball and striking out," said crew chief Dick LaHaie. "We went up there the first inning and hit a home run. And well, we struck out the second one."

LaHaie added, "When the track gets hot, it gets slippery. "That's why everything is so critical, every number." The number LaHaie may be referring to is 119, the track temperature prior to the second run.

As Dixon has said so many times before, there is no room for error. Indeed, LaHaie agrees. "We don't lose a lot of races. The thing is, when people come to race us, they're going to race us harder than anybody else, because of who we are and how good we do. They know they'll have to run the best they possibly can."

LaHaie pauses a moment, takes a deep breath and concludes, "I'm not a very good loser. But I also realize that there are winners and there are losers. Even though we lost today, we're still winning."

And they have continued to win for nearly 430 days; time spent at the top of the NHRA POWERade point's race.

The Miller Lite team will remain in Houston until Tuesday. Where they will spend Monday at the track testing and in preparation for Bristol. "Depending on the temperature tomorrow, we may try and change or correct a few things, but it'll be (Bristol) a different engine combination the next time around."

The next time around will take place April 25th-27th, in Bristol Tennessee.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme