Englishtown: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (May 17) -Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's pass of 4.580 (326.95 seconds) helped him secure a No. 7 qualifying spot for Sunday's elimination round of the 34th annual K & N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge...

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (May 17) -Defending NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's pass of 4.580 (326.95 seconds) helped him secure a No. 7 qualifying spot for Sunday's elimination round of the 34th annual K & N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.

During the first run, the Miller Lite dragster smoked the tires and produced a disappointing pass of 53.70 mph/15.295ET. With Friday qualifying rounds rained out, the Don Prudhomme dragster had just two chances to qualify.

"It's not my job to worry about that," Dixon said, referring to the risk of not qualifying. "I have enough to worry about. Getting the racecar from point A to point B the best way possible. Whatever I can to do to help the cause is what I'll do."

Sitting beside Dixon, crew chief Dick LaHaie is quick to emphasize what Dixon is saying. "Did you see the last run we made? There's probably not another driver out there that could have driven through that," referring to the first several feet of the run when the front tires were several inches off the ground.

"He (LaHaie) has faith in me that I'll get down the track," said Dixon. "He has faith in Donny (asst. crew chief) that all the changes he wants done to the car will get done. And Donny has faith in the guys that they'll prepare the car exactly the way he says."

All this talk about faith should come in handy for Sunday final elimination rounds beginning at 11:00AM.

Catch ESPN2 Sunday, May 18th for eliminations at 4PM (ET) and re-airing Monday, May 19th, from 2-5:00PM.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie