Baytown: Larry Dixon Friday qualifying summary

From The Snake Pit Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon qualifies No. 4 after Friday's action at Houston Raceway Park. BAYTOWN, TEX. (April 12) - Returning to a Houston Raceway Park drag strip that has been very good to him in the past, NHRA Top...

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Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon qualifies No. 4 after Friday's action at Houston Raceway Park.

BAYTOWN, TEX. (April 12) - Returning to a Houston Raceway Park drag strip that has been very good to him in the past, NHRA Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon opened the first day of action at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals by driving the Snake Racing Miller Lite Dragster to a lap of 4.632 seconds at 320.51 mph to qualify No. 4 on Friday.

Coming off a superb start to the 2002 POWERade Drag Racing series which includes three wins in four national events, Dixon kicked off the fifth race of the year with a lap of 9.349 seconds (88.85 mph) after losing traction in the 80-plus degree Texas heat. The run, albeit slower than he would have liked, placed Dixon in the No. 13 position out of 19 Top Fuel cars at the end of the first session.

The ever-popular "Friday Night Qualifying" session, which typically produces the low qualifier for Sunday's elimination rounds was good for the Miller Lite Team. Dixon blasted down the right lane for the fourth-quickest lap of the session to claim the No. 4 spot with his 4.63-second pass. Doug Kalitta scored the early low-qualifier position with his 4.579 second run.

"The heat played some tricks on some teams this afternoon,"said Dixon. "Obviously, we would like to have run a little quicker, but you have to be happy anytime you can qualify among the top four cars."

Dixon has qualified no worse than second this season (Phoenix) to compliment his three No. 1 qualifying efforts (Pomona, Gainesville, Las Vegas) thus far. His career track record at HRP includes two wins and a runner-up finish in his last four events.

Two qualifying sessions remain on Saturday (11:45 & 2:45 PM CT) while Sunday's elimination round is scheduled for an 11 AM CT start.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta