Columbus: Larry Dixon final qualifying summary

From The Snake Pit Defending Columbus champion Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Team to start sixth at National Trail Raceway. COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 15) - NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and the Snake Racing/Miller Lite Dragster...

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Defending Columbus champion Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Team to start sixth at National Trail Raceway.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 15) - NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and the Snake Racing/Miller Lite Dragster enters Sunday's 38th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway from the No. 6 starting position and will face Scott Weis in the first round of competition.

As the defending champion of the race, Dixon is hoping for his record string of performances to continue on the quarter-mile. "Our car is being very consistent this weekend," said Dixon, who is looking forward to a repeat winning performance on Father's Day. "I don't think it's as quick as our crew chief, Dick LaHaie and everybody on the Miller Lite team would have liked, but certainly we're going down the racetrack and slowly creeping up on it. We still feel like there's a bug somewhere in it and that's kind of bothering LaHaie. He'll keep working on it in hopes of finding a solution and probably won't sleep comfortably until it's resolved."

Dixon has raced Weis twice in 2002, both times in the first round, on 'The Strip' at Las Vegas and Heartland Park Topeka and soundly defeated him during eliminations.

"Both lanes feel real smooth and equal to me for tomorrow's race," said Dixon. "We race Scott Weis in the first round and we've got to go down the racetrack and beat him. Our Miller Lite team doesn't worry about where we qualify as long as we're in the race. It's Sunday that I care about the most."

Dixon's improvement in Saturday's qualifying with his best run so far of the weekend with a lap of 4.628 seconds at 311.49 mph, will take his Don Prudhomme/Miller Lite Dragster into eliminations riding a crest of five consecutive final round appearances. Should he earn his way into Sunday's final round in the Buckeye State, he will tie the record with Cory McClenathan (1997) and Scott Kalitta (1994) with six in a row.

Dixon, who has recorded six wins in 2002 after his stellar showing in Chicago two weeks ago, is having the best start in NHRA Top Fuel history. He has surpassed all records and is creating his own from this point on. He has amassed an incredible 33-4 round win/loss record outdistancing himself from Gary Scelzi, who was 30-6 at the same point of the NHRA season in 1997.

Also in Dixon's favor is his 203 point NHRA POWERade-points lead over the Top Fuel field that has seen him carry his Miller Lite/Lucas Oil team to the final round a remarkable nine out of 10 times in 2002. ESPN2 will broadcast the Pontiac Excitement Nationals starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Scott Weis , Gary Scelzi , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Dick LaHaie