Larry Dixon only 110 out of lead after Denver race

DENVER (July 16) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster gained nearly a round (17 points) on current NHRA Winston top fuel points leader Gary Scelzi (1090) as he posted a second round finish at the Mopar Parts Mile High ...

DENVER (July 16) - Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster gained nearly a round (17 points) on current NHRA Winston top fuel points leader Gary Scelzi (1090) as he posted a second round finish at the Mopar Parts Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Dixon started the day as one of the six first-round winners who enjoyed lane choice and opted for the left lane. Despite suffering a holeout from the hit of the throttle at the starting line, as well as several more dropped cylinders during the run, Dixon was able to take the opening round win by tripping the lights at 4.943 seconds at 256.41 mph to better Joe Hartley's 7.663 second lap.

The Miller Lite Team's second round opponent, Tony Schumacher, would enjoy lane choice in the second round based on his quicker first round winning time of 4.755 seconds and would opt for the left lane. Dixon (6.742 seconds/132.52 mph) would run virtually neck-and-neck with Schumacher (4.736 seconds/307.37 mph) up until half track before losing traction.

Scelzi, who was upset in the first round by Jim Cavalieri in his first career national event, maintains a 39 point lead over second place Schumacher (990), a 110 point margin over Dixon and a 223 point lead over fourth place Joe Amato (806).

"Obviously we are disappointed not to have been able to go more rounds and make up some serious ground in the points race," said Dixon. "While we would have liked to have done better this weekend, I am confident that Dick LaHaie and the Miller team will have a strong car for Seattle."

Dixon, LaHaie and the Miller Team will take a week off before heading to Seattle for the 13th Annual Prolong Super Lubricants Nationals (July 28-30).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie