Dallas: No. 6 Dixon to Meet Gibson on Sunday

ENNIS, TX (May 27) - With the best of his four qualifying laps coming during Saturday's opening session, Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster qualified for the Fourth Annual Castrol Nationals in the No. 6 spot with a...

ENNIS, TX (May 27) - With the best of his four qualifying laps coming during Saturday's opening session, Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster qualified for the Fourth Annual Castrol Nationals in the No. 6 spot with a run of 4.64 seconds at 319 mph and will face No. 9 seed Tim Gibson in the first round of eliminations Sunday at Texas Motorplex.

Dixon entered the day as the No. 5 seed with his best run on Friday of 4.664 seconds at 314.02 mph. Crew chief Dick LaHaie's adjustments trimmed Dixon's previous low elapsed time mark by another two-hundredths of a second, producing his best ET during qualifying (4.64 seconds). His second run saw the Miller Lite Dragster produce a lap of 6.13 seconds at 143 mph.

Sunday morning's meeting with opponent Gibson will mark the first time this season that Dixon has met the driver of the Bill Miller Engineering Dragster, and just the second match-up of their careers. Gibson owns a 1-0 record in head-to-head meetings.

"I was pretty happy with our first run today, and not so happy with our second," said Dixon. "We have had trouble running as quickly as we would like during the first 60 feet all weekend. We wanted to try some things in our second run today to try and run better at 60 feet and midway down the track. Of the things we tried, nothing really worked like we wanted it to, so we are going to go back to our basic game plan and go race."

Dixon's best finish of his career at Texas Motorplex was his runner-up finish to Joe Amato at the 1997 Lone Star Nationals.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Joe Amato , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie