CLAREMONT,IND (Sept. 2) Larry Dixon strengthened his hopes toward his second career NHRA U.S. Nationals victory on Sunday as he piloted Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster to a pair of low elapsed time passes during the final two qualifying ...
CLAREMONT,IND (Sept. 2) Larry Dixon strengthened his hopes toward his second career NHRA U.S. Nationals victory on Sunday as he piloted Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster to a pair of low elapsed time passes during the final two qualifying sessions during the 47th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Dixon came into the final day of qualifying as the No. 4 qualifier based on his lap of 4.585 seconds at 316.97 mph recorded on Friday night. After a pair of five-second passes on Saturday, Crew Chief Dick LaHaie returned Dixon to his usual level of performance during conditions that may be similar to the track and weather conditions at Indianapolis Raceway Park for Monday's elimination rounds.
The Miller Lite Team's first trip down the track came in the left lane and produced the low elapsed time of the round at 4.577 seconds at 318.24 mph. In the evening session - the fifth and final qualifying round - Dixon motored to his best pass of the weekend at 4.568 seconds at 314.83 mph to secure the No. 4 qualifying position.
For his efforts, Dixon will be paired with No. 13 qualifier Bruce Litton (4.674 seconds at 319.98 mph) for the first time this season and just the second time in his career. Dixon won the only previous meeting with Litton.
"We saw our car go down the track today under conditions similar to those we might see on race day, so to run low e.t. of both rounds was pretty nice," said Dixon. "I wasn't really feeling bad about things after yesterday's qualifying rounds, we just didn't get the same kind of performance out of the car yesterday that we did today."
"We aren't trying to send any kind of message to anyone with our performance today," said Dixon. "I just hope I will be drinking more Miller Lites at the end of the day tomorrow than I am tonight."
Entering Monday's elimination round scheduled for 10:30 AM CT, Dixon and the Miller Lite Team have a total of 1,427 points and remain in the NHRA Winston Top Fuel points lead. They hold a five-point margin over Kenny Bernstein (1,422) who was the low qualifier (4.505 seconds at 323.74 mph).