Houston Larry Dixon Day One; fast and furious

BAYTOWN, TX (Apr. 14) - Good fortunes continued at Houston Raceway Park for Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster Friday as he began the day by setting the low time of the opening session before finishing the day's action...

BAYTOWN, TX (Apr. 14) - Good fortunes continued at Houston Raceway Park for Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster Friday as he began the day by setting the low time of the opening session before finishing the day's action in the No. 3 qualifying position at the 13th Annual O'Reilly Nationals.

Dixon and crew chief Dick LaHaie showed their experience at the Texas track by proving to the 15-car Top Fuel field that the No. 91 car is capable of running in the heat with their opening round pass of 4.626 seconds at 314.75 mph.

"That was a great first run," said Dixon. We had a lot of data from this track from last year and Dick was able to use it. We were trying to go out there and run in the mid 60s, but the car hooked up and ran real well. To run a .62 right out of the box is great for us and gives us even more data which is real important with only 15 cars out here. Getting the pole here will be huge because the winner will get a single in the first round, and that's what we are shooting for."

Dixon would remain consistent in the second round, running a lap of 4.646 seconds at 316.82 mph during a session which saw just six cars successfully make it down the quarter-mile track. "I would have liked to have seen us go a little quicker, but we got down the track consistently and that's what counts," said LaHaie. Kenny Bernstein took the pole after the first day ended with his effort of 4.566 seconds at 318 mph, followed by Joe Amato's second-place time of 4.640.

The final two qualifying sessions of the weekend resume Saturday and are scheduled to be run at Noon and 4 PM CST.

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