From The Snake Pit Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster Stay Second In Points Race With Second Round Finish At Sears Craftsman Nationals MADISON, IL (June 24) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme Racing Miller Lite Dragster maintained their hold...
From The Snake Pit
Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster Stay Second In Points Race With Second Round Finish At Sears Craftsman Nationals
MADISON, IL (June 24) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme Racing Miller Lite Dragster maintained their hold on second place in the NHRA Winston Top Fuel points race as they recorded a second round finish Sunday at the Fifth Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals.
Attempting to win back-to-back races for the first time since he won at Richmond, Virginia and Houston in April, 2000, Dixon entered Sunday's elimination round as the No. 2 seed and was just 41 points out of the Top Fuel points lead. The Miller Lite Team began the day with a first round appointment with No. 15 seeded Luigi Novelli, marking the first time that Dixon would square off against the pilot of the E-fans Fueler. Dixon, crew chief Dick LaHaie and the entire Snake Racing Top Fuel bunch proved they were ready to race as they posted low elapsed time of the first round with a winning lap of 4.640 seconds at 313.73 mph while Novelli ran 4.853 seconds at 274.55 mph.
The second round saw Dixon face No. 7 seed Tony Schumacher and the Army Top Fueler for the second time this season. Dixon defeated Schumacher in their previous meeting during the semifinal round at Gainesville, Fla., before going on to win his first race of the year. It would not be a repeat performance for Dixon however, as his pass turned into a pedal contest with both cars losing traction early in their runs. Despite his efforts to get the Miller Lite Dragster to hook up to the hot and greasy track, Dixon fell just short of the win as his official time of 6.133 seconds at 255.48 mph dropped to Schumacher's run of 5.884 seconds at 278.69 mph.
"We just missed the set up," said LaHaie. "The thing that is disappointing is that we really haven't gotten beat by anyone this year. With the exception of one race where we got out ran by Gary Scelzi, every other time we've lost it been a case of us beating ourselves and today was no exception."
Sunday's second round finish was just the third occasion this season that Dixon did not advance to at least the semifinals. His season record now stands at 27 wins and 10 losses and owns a total of 971 points, 80 points behind leader Kenny Bernstein (1,051). Doug Kalitta won the Top Fuel title at Gateway International Raceway while Tony Pedregon won Funny Car. The Miller Lite Team takes one week off before returning to action under the lights at the Pep Boys NHRA 50th Anniversary Nationals at Pomona Dragway in Pomona, CA (July 5-7).