Indianapolis2: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

Dixon qualified no. 5 at 49th Annual Mac Tools u.s nationals. \n CLERMONT, IND. (SEPT.6) -- Defending POWERade NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's pass of 4.530 seconds (326.08 mph) qualified him No.5 headed into Sunday final eliminations at...

Dixon qualified no. 5 at 49th Annual Mac Tools u.s nationals.

\n CLERMONT, IND. (SEPT.6) -- Defending POWERade NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon's pass of 4.530 seconds (326.08 mph) qualified him No.5 headed into Sunday final eliminations at the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The Snake Racing/Miller Lite dragster paired against Tony Schumacher in the fourth round of qualifying. Dixon defeated Schumacher with a time of 4.554-seconds at 326.71 mph, over Schumacher's 4.550 ET/324.20 mph.

The fifth and final round of qualifying was a repeat of round four. The Miller Lite dragster getting the win over Team Army with a time of 4.547-seconds at 326.32 mph, over Schumacher's time of 4.564 ET/322.11 mph. Tricky afternoon track conditions made it difficult for a majority of cars to make it down the track smoking the tires. But crew chief Dick LaHaie was up to the challenge producing a smooth setup for each of the five runs. "We've made it down the track every run," said LaHaie, "I don't think there's another car that has done that. But it's not as quick as I'd like to have it. There's something going on with the car and I can't find it, we've made all sorts of adjustments. The car has made four runs all within two hundreds of a second, two 4.53's a 4.54 and a 4.547. We've changed everything but the color." LaHaie would likely paint the dragster himself if it meant acquiring the much sought after 4.4-second pass. If the conditions are right and the dragster makes four solid passes tomorrow, LaHaie and the Miller Lite crew will be holding Wally statues not paint brushes. The Snake Racing dragster will take on No.12 qualifier David Grubnic in round one of Sunday final eliminations. Dixon holds a career record of 9-2 against Grubnic.

Dixon's Snake Racing teammates Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps both competed in the $100,000 Shootout today, Capps looking to defend his 2002 Shootout title. Unfortunately both Capps and TJ went out in round one and Tony Pedregon winning the $100,000 purse.

Dixon currently has a top seed for the Top Fuel $100,000 Shootout held at the final race in Pomona. The Miller Lite driver won the Shootout during his rookie year in 1995 and again in 2001.

Sunday opening ceremonies of the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals are set to begin at 10:00 AM final eliminations beginning at 11:00 AM. Watch ESPN2 tomorrow from 2:00-4:00 PM for additional qualifying and coverage of the $100,000 Funny Car Shoot Out, one hour of final eliminations airing at 11:00 PM (ET).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Pedregon , Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , David Grubnic , Tommy Johnson Jr.