Dixon Records Second Round Finish at Denver MORRISON, Colo. (July 18, 2004) -- Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite crew were unsuccessful in their bid to win for the third time in four years at Bandimere Speedway Sunday when the 34-time NHRA winner...
Dixon Records Second Round Finish at Denver
MORRISON, Colo. (July 18, 2004) -- Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite crew were unsuccessful in their bid to win for the third time in four years at Bandimere Speedway Sunday when the 34-time NHRA winner was defeated in round two.
The two-time consecutive NHRA Top Fuel champion earned his best qualifying position of the season by qualifying second at the Colorado facility with a performance of 4.729 seconds at 300.00 mph.
On race day, the teams were faced with a hot, sticky Bandimere Speedway drag strip that presented very challenging conditions for the crew chiefs and drivers. Dixon drove his Miller Lite rail to a run of 5.320 seconds at 265.06 mph to earn the victory over Texas driver Mitch King in the opening round of eliminations. In round two, Dixon powered his Don Prudhomme-owned dragster to a run of 4.981 at 283.49, but rival Tony Schumacher's dragster edged the Miller Lite car at the finish line to score the narrow win after racing to a run of 4.975 at 290.01.
"It's real depressing to lose a tight race like that," Dixon said. "I don't know if we had the car to win the race, but had we progressed in rounds, I think we could have gained on the points leader. (Tony) Schumacher made one of his best runs of the weekend and beat us. We tried to carry the momentum that we've had the past few races and weren't able to do it. Now, we'll put everything back to normal on the race car and head to Seattle and see what the new track surface has to offer and how the 85-percent rule goes."
ESPN2 will televise 150 minutes of final eliminations coverage from the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 18.
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 17th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, July 23-25, at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash. Dixon is the defending event champion of the Seattle race.