INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster showed that they will be a team to be reckoned with during Monday's eliminations after posting the quickest time in Saturday's final qualifying session (4.68...
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster showed that they will be a team to be reckoned with during Monday's eliminations after posting the quickest time in Saturday's final qualifying session (4.68 seconds at 308.99 mph) to stay in the No. 4 position with only two qualifying laps remaining at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
In the early session, Dixon and crew chief Dick LaHaie began the day looking to try and improve their qualifying position with an aggressive set up, which unfortunately resulted in a loss of traction and tire smoke (8.29 seconds at 96 mph). "Out of the four qualifying laps we had left this weekend, we felt that the first session today would give us the best conditions to try and improve up the ladder, so we went for it," said Dixon. "We hopped it up, but the track couldn't hold it, so we threw that run out. Now we will try to go for as much as the conditions will allow."
The afternoon session saw the Miller Lite/Raybestos Dragster post the best elapsed time of the top fuel class with a lap of 4.68 seconds at 308 mph, just shy of Dixon's top qualifying effort of 4.668 seconds at 309.20 mph set on Friday night, which secured the No. 4 position.
"This afternoon's run was great. I think we ran about .06 or .07 quicker than every other car," said Dixon. "To win this race, you are either going to need a car that can run in the mid 4.60s or else have a hell of a lot of luck. We can't control luck, but we can at least try and set up the car to run mid 4.60s."
This weekend's final two qualifying sessions are scheduled to be run at 12:15 and 4 PM CT. Monday's elimination round will begin at 11 AM and will be televised by TNN.
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