Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon is top qualifier for fourth time this season at Bristol Dragway BRISTOL, TENN. (April 27) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Snake Racing Dragster earned...
Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon is top qualifier for fourth time this season at Bristol Dragway
BRISTOL, TENN. (April 27) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Snake Racing Dragster earned his fourth low qualifier award of the season, the 16th of his career and first at Bristol Dragway, with a pass of 4.583 seconds (323.19 mph) Saturday at the Second Annual Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals.
The Miller Lite team began the final day of qualifying in the No. 2 position with a pass of 4.603 seconds (319.60 mph) recorded on Friday afternoon. The first session Saturday saw Dixon fire off low elapsed time of the event with his 4.583-second pass down the right lane of Thunder Valley. Crew Chief Dick LaHaie tuned Dixon to the only 4.5-second run of the round with the next closest pass coming in at 4.77 seconds. Dixon came back in the final session of qualifying to run a solid 4.655-second lap (321.19 mph), which also proved to be low for the round.
As the No. 1 qualifier, Dixon will take on No. 16 Roger Dean (5.21 seconds). It will be the first career meeting between Dixon and Dean, and will also mark the fifth time this season that Dixon has met a first-time opponent this season (Clay Millican, Shirley Muldowney, Scott Weis, Mitch King).
Dixon was pleased with the performance of the car, more specifically, running low E.T. of both qualifying sessions on Saturday. "I think the weather was fairly good. The sun stayed off the racetrack and kept it pretty tight. That allowed the crew chiefs to make adjustments and when we threw that 4.58 up there, I thought 'wow!' We ran at the beginning of the session and we were fortunate that no one else ran better. For the last week and a half we have been talking about Houston, so to be able to come out here and qualify No. 1 and take some of that red beer money and buy Miller Lite with it, we'll certainly enjoy that."
Winning his first career "pole" at Bristol Dragway brought back some fond memories for Dixon. "Bristol is a real neat place," said Dixon. "The first time I came here was with my dad and I think I was in the seventh grade during summer vacation in 1978 when he was racing. It always amazes me how loud the cars are running through here in Thunder Valley. For the people that don't know, it really makes a difference. We are pitted half way down the racetrack and those cars roar. I mean they are loud enough as it is, but it really makes a difference in how loud it is. I enjoy racing here and always have a good time."
Dixon has qualified no worse than fourth this season (Houston) and now has four No. 1 qualifying efforts (Pomona, Gainesville, Las Vegas, Bristol) and a second place effort (Phoenix) after the first six races of the season.