DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE RAIL TO SECOND-ROUND FINISH AT ATLANTA COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon powered his Miller Lite dragster to a second-round finish Sunday on a wet, rain-delayed day of racing at...
DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE RAIL TO SECOND-ROUND FINISH AT ATLANTA
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon powered his Miller Lite dragster to a second-round finish Sunday on a wet, rain-delayed day of racing at Atlanta Dragway.
After a four-hour delay, the first round of Top Fuel eliminations kicked off around 3 p.m. (ET) where Dixon bested No. 11 qualifier John Smith. The 36-time NHRA winner blasted his Miller Lite rail to a pass of 4.572 seconds at 326.32 mph to earn the trip to the second round where he would match up again defending series champion Tony Schumacher.
Following the completion of the first round of professional action, Mother Nature again put things in a holding pattern, this time for more than two hours. Dixon, the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year, used the starting line advantage to stake the Miller Lite/Ameriquest dragster to the early lead over his rival, but in one of the closest races of the day, Schumacher scored the narrow victory. Dixon recorded a run of 4.585 at 325.61, while Schumacher's dragster was slightly quicker with a performance of 4.524 at 327.11. Dixon and the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil team will remain third in the Top Fuel standings.
"With that number, we would have beaten every other car except the one we raced," Dixon said. "When you're running a car like (Tony) Schumacher's, you've gotta fire your best shot to be able to beat them. They're the champs.
"I think Dick (LaHaie) and Donnie (Bender) thought we'd run a 4.54 or 4.55 and if we had run that, we could have won. The entire team is disappointed. Knowing Dick like I know him, I know he's aggravated that the car didn't respond like he wanted it to. We'll work hard, get to the bottom of it and head to Columbus."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 41st annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals, May 19-22, at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio. Dixon is a three-time winner of the Columbus race. The Miller Lite Top Fuel team will service the race car at Atlanta Dragway on Monday before heading to the Buckeye State for next weekend's event.