DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE RAIL TO NO. 1 SPOT AT COLUMBUS HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to its first No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at National Trail ...
DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE RAIL TO NO. 1 SPOT AT COLUMBUS
HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to its first No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at National Trail Raceway after the 36-time NHRA winner recorded a qualifying-best pass of 4.510 seconds at a track record speed of 331.94 mph.
After blasting the Miller Lite/Ameriquest dragster to the head of the Top Fuel order on Friday afternoon, when Dixon's rail posted the fastest speed (331.94 mph) in the history of National Trail Raceway, the 36-time NHRA winner drove to the quickest elapsed time of Saturday's first qualifying session when he stopped the timers in 4.531 seconds at 328.86 mph.
Dixon also recorded the quickest elapsed time of the fourth and final qualifying session at the historic central Ohio drag strip when the three-time National Trail Raceway winner (2001-2003) powered the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil dragster to a run of 4.536 at 327.90 to remain first in the Top Fuel ladder. It is the 24th No. 1 qualifying award of Dixon's career and first since the Brainerd, Minn. race in August 2003.
"It's a nice feeling to make three good runs during qualifying," Dixon said. "The sun came out on Saturday and sort of leveled the playing field. I was surprised that our 4.51 from Friday held up. I thought that someone would step up in the first session. Dicko (Dick LaHaie) is on his game this weekend."
Dixon will battle No. 16 qualifier Doug Herbert in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations on Sunday at the Ohio race track. Dixon is 20-5 in his career versus the second generation Top Fuel racer from North Carolina.