ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (May 18)- Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon posted a runner-up finish in Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster at the 34th Annual K&N SuperNationals in Englishtown New Jersey Sunday while remaining the NHRA Top...
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (May 18)- Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon posted a runner-up finish in Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster at the 34th Annual K&N SuperNationals in Englishtown New Jersey Sunday while remaining the NHRA Top Fuel points leader at 723.
Dixon began the day as the No.7 qualifier and took on No.10 qualifier Cory McClenathan in the opening round of eliminations. Although the Miller Lite dragster smoked the tires, Cory McClenathan fouled and Dixon continued to the second round with a lap time of 78.95 mph (11.726ET).
For the second round Dixon and crew chief Dick LaHaie used ET and horsepower to win over Clay Millican's time of 4.537 seconds (316.01 mph). Dixon produced a time of 4.559 seconds and 327.74 mph, both his top ET and speed of the weekend. Semifinal action saw Dixon take on No.3 qualifier Jim Head. Head's pass of 268.60 mph (4.559ET) was no match for Dixon's performance of 316.38 mph, 4.559 ET.
The semifinal win moved Dixon into his fifth final round appearance of the 2003 season and 52nd of his career (28 wins & 23 losses).
This was the second time this season Dixon and Kalitta have met in the finals. Dixon defeated Kalitta earlier this year at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But Kalitta's remarkable lap of 4.494 ET (328.54 mph) beat out Dixon's time of 4.554 ET at 326.40 mph.
"Our car slowed down a little bit, and there's didn't," said Dixon. It's impressive to see them put those kind of numbers up. We made a good respectable run; if he (Kalitta) faltered, we were there. But we weren't in command in the final round."
Look for Dixon and the Miller Lite Dragster to take command when they visit Topeka Kansas (May 22-25th) for the 15th Annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals.