Brainerd: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

Dixon eyes 400th career round on Sunday. BRAINERD, Mn. (Aug. 17) - Miller Lite/Don Prudhomme Racing driver and current NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon will start Sunday's 22nd annual Rugged-Liner NHRA Nationals from the No. 2 ...

Dixon eyes 400th career round on Sunday.

BRAINERD, Mn. (Aug. 17) - Miller Lite/Don Prudhomme Racing driver and current NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon will start Sunday's 22nd annual Rugged-Liner NHRA Nationals from the No. 2 position after running a great time of 4.650 seconds, 314.97 mph in Saturday's qualifying. The Miller Lite pilot will race Luigi Novelli in the first round of eliminations for only the third time of his eight-year career behind the wheel.

"It was a nice run," said Dixon after completing his successful pass. "The first run we put out a hole (running on seven cylinders) yesterday and made a slow run. This morning we went out there and the car had a lot more power and we spun the tires.

"So today we tried to hop it up it in some areas and slow it down in other areas and made a decent run. It's far from a perfect run, but still was a great pass and put us in the No. 2 spot. That's a good position to start from and we've got a good horse to ride tomorrow."

Dixon should know taking the Brainerd Top Fuel title over Darrell Russell in the finals last year outdistancing him when he ran a 4.609 E.T., 316.90 mph to Russell's slower time of 4.709, 317.42 mph.

Should Dixon reach the quarterfinal round of eliminations on Sunday, it will mark a significant milestone in his young professional drag racing career, as he will reach his 400th round of competition.

"I am more concerned with No. 402, if it came at Brainerd. I would be way more excited about that - being able to get the finals there and hopefully win the race. That's what we're shooting for."

Also, grabbing the second position on the qualifying roster gave Dixon a chance to add to his point total increasing it by two points. He now has exactly 100 over his chief rival in the championship title chase, Kenny Bernstein, who qualified fourth, as the Miller Lite team heads into Sunday's eliminations.

The Rugged-Liner NHRA Nationals will take the green light at 11 a.m. CDT with ESPN2 offering coverage of the race with a two-hour program of the final rounds beginning at 8 p.m. EDT.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Don Prudhomme , Luigi Novelli