Dixon and the Miller Lite Team remain nhra Top Fuel Points Leaders CLERMONT, IND. (Sept. 7th) --Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite/Snake Racing Top Fuel team maintain a strong lead in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point's race while posting a round...
Dixon and the Miller Lite Team remain nhra Top Fuel Points Leaders
CLERMONT, IND. (Sept. 7th) --Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite/Snake Racing Top Fuel team maintain a strong lead in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point's race while posting a round two finish at the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Dixon, who lives just minutes from IRP in Avon Indiana is hoping to add a ninth win to his 2003 season record and a third win here an IRP (1995, 2001). Dixon qualified No. 5 headed into race day and paired against David Grubnic in round one of final eliminations.
Grubnic smoked the tires right from the start and the Snake Racing dragster took out the Aussie with a time of 4.566 seconds, 324.51 mph to Grubnic's 14.103 ET at 71.50 mph. The win improved Dixon's career record against Grubnic to 10-2.
The Dick LaHaie tuned dragster advanced to round two taking on Kenny Bernstein, the second time this year the two have met on race day. The Don Prudhomme dragster last saw Bernstein in Denver, Colorado where the Miller Lite dragster defeated the red car in the semifinals. At Indianapolis Raceway Park one year ago Dixon defeated Bernstein in the semifinals during the 48th annual U.S. Nationals.
Despite an incredible effort here today Dixon came up short against Bernstein in round two. Dixon left the starting line first but unexpectedly lost traction around 60 feet, as did his competition at 330 feet. Demonstrating a remarkable ability of skill and driving, Dixon was able to let to regain the power he needed but unfortunately the Miller Lite dragster reached the finish line second, posting a 5.885 ET (211.10) finish to Bernstein's 5.477 ET (239.10).
"We kept trying to tune it to run the numbers with the guys that were doing it," said assistant crew chief Donnie Bender. "Today we should've just gone down the track and took it one round at a time, we would've at least made it to the finals. We've had a hard time running on good tracks, our forte is running on hot greasy tracks, it's what wins championships.
That was the first time we've smoked the tires since Bristol. We've gone 11 races with out smoking them, that's pretty good. Usually with races like this, the guys that throw the world at it win, but they usually don't win the championship. Consistency will win the championship."
At the completion of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Dixon stands strong in his POWERade Top Fuel point lead at 1,540 points and only six events remaining. The NHRA POWERade series now moves on to Reading, Pa. for the running of the 20th annual Lucas Oil Nationals scheduled to run Sept. 16--19th.
Dixon was recently nominated for the third quarter Driver of the Year. It is the second time this season that Dixon has been nominated for the quarterly award. A panel of motorsports journalists and SPEEDTV.com online voters determine the winner. Go to www.speedtv.com today and vote!
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