DIXON FINISHES IN NO. 6 SPOT AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon powered his Miller Lite rail to the No. 6 qualifying position Saturday at Route 66 Raceway, using a ...
DIXON FINISHES IN NO. 6 SPOT AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY
JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) Larry Dixon powered his Miller Lite rail to the No. 6 qualifying position Saturday at Route 66 Raceway, using a weekend-best effort of 4.533 seconds at 327.43 mph.
Dixon, the winningest active Top Fuel driver, raced to the 4.533-second pass on Friday's second qualifying attempt under the lights at the Chicagoland track. On Saturday afternoon, Dixon made two passes at Route 66 Raceway. The 36-time NHRA winner's Miller Lite/Ameriquest dragster overpowered the track on its first run of the day on a hot, tricky Route 66 Raceway quarter mile that reached 123 degrees. On his fourth and final qualifying attempt, the Don Prudhomme Racing driver sped to a performance of 4.570 at 325.06 to record three passes in the 4.5-second range during qualifying at the eighth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals.
"We're already doing better than the last time that we raced here just by making the show," Dixon said. "We made three pretty good runs and finished in the middle of the pack this weekend. The conditions definitely changed with the cloud cover for that last qualifying run. I feel good about things."
"We were too aggressive on the first run," crew chief Dick LaHaie added. "We had to find out what the track would hold. You can't push it at that temperature. We backed it down on the final run and the track cooled off. The car also dropped a cylinder. The important thing is that we qualified and we get to race, that's our main concern."
Dixon will face former NHRA Super Comp champion Jack Beckman in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations, which kick-off at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday at the Joliet track. Dixon and the rookie Top Fuel driver have yet to meet during eliminations. Dixon won the spring Joliet race in 2002.