Larry Dixon Phoenix Sunday test notes

Dixon and Miller Lite Time continue to prepare for 2004 season. CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 8, 2004) -- As the 2004 NHRA season fast approaches, Larry Dixon and his Miller Lite Racing team continued its preparation for the 23-race POWERade...

Dixon and Miller Lite Time continue to prepare for 2004 season.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 8, 2004) -- As the 2004 NHRA season fast approaches, Larry Dixon and his Miller Lite Racing team continued its preparation for the 23-race POWERade Drag Racing Series Sunday during the National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix.

The two-time consecutive NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion made two passes behind the wheel of his Dick LaHaie-tuned Miller Lite rail, clocking a best lap of 5.457 seconds at 173.49 mph on Sunday's second pass. Dixon recorded a run of 5.706 at 161.42 on Sunday afternoon's first run.

"Every time you go down the race track you learn something," Dixon said. "With a different motor and clutch setup, you're just trying to learn the personalities of the new parts. On both runs, the tires spun around 400 feet. We're learning how to adjust to this new setup, it's trial and error."

After posting two of the finest seasons in NHRA history in which Dixon's Miller Lite dragster led the point standings following 45 of the past 46 events, Dixon looks to become just the second Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to claim three successive Top Fuel titles.

"Qualifying for the Winternationals is the main thing on my mind," Dixon said. "They're not handing out championships until November. Right now, I've got to worry about things that go on in February."

After 12 days of preseason testing 0x2022 first at Houston Raceway Park, then at Firebird International Raceway 0x2022 the Miller Lite team will continue to prepare for the 2004 NHRA campaign here in the Valley of the Sun, testing at F.I.R. early next week before heading West to Pomona Raceway for the 44th annual K&N Filters Winternationals, which will be contested Feb. 19-22 at the historic Southern California track.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Dick LaHaie