Larry Dixon quickest at Phoenix testing Sunday

From The Snake Pit Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Team prove quickest after Sunday's testing during 2002 time trials in Phoenix CHANDLER,AZ (Jan. 19) The second full day of testing for Larry Dixon saw Don Prudhomme Racing's Miller Lite Top Fuel team...

From The Snake Pit
Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Team prove quickest after Sunday's testing during 2002 time trials in Phoenix

CHANDLER,AZ (Jan. 19) The second full day of testing for Larry Dixon saw Don Prudhomme Racing's Miller Lite Top Fuel team make three short laps in the 4.50-second range, including the quickest pass of the early pre-season with an elapsed time of 4.52 seconds at 305.84 mph Sunday at Firebird International Raceway.

Each of Dixon's passes Sunday were clicked off before he reached the finish line, but not before posting impressive numbers at each of the incremental marks down the quarter mile racetrack. The Miller Lite team's first lap came in the right lane and clocked in at .842 seconds after reaching the 60-foot mark and 4.59 seconds at 287.35 mph at the end of the run. Dixon's second pass produced marks of 4.52 seconds and 305.84 mph after shutting off at the 1,100-foot mark and was best of the test session to date. His third and final lap of the day was nearly as notable as the Miller Lite Dragster clocked in at 4.55 seconds at 303.16 mph as the run was also aborted near the 1,000-foot mark.

The hard day's work and results onthe track left Dixon feeling good about the Miller team's effort. "I think that the things that we are working on in testing seem to be going very well," said Dixon. "I think that we posted some pretty stout numbers today without running it past three-quarter track. It seems like the car is kind of set up soft and it still seems to be running as good as we ran at the end of theseason. If (crew chief) Dick (LaHaie)stands on the gas, it makes me wonder just how good the car is going to run, but I feel like we will be in pretty good shape for the start of the year."

"That was nice to be able to throw that up there," said Dixon referring to his testing-best lap of 4.52 seconds. "What's neat about what we are doing, and this is something that Dicko brought up, is that the first year thatwe were all together for testing in 2000, the best we ran was a 4.70 flat andwe never went to the finish line. Wecame back last year and the best we ran was a 4.60 flat without going to the finishline. Now we are real close to runninga 4.50 flat before the finish, so to be able to pick up a tenth every year,that's great. I told Dicko that I hopehe sticks around long enough to were we can run 4.00 flat," laughed Dixon.

Dixon and the Miller Lite squadwill resume testing at Firebird again on Monday. With their recent success, the team has cancelled their initialplans for additional test sessions next weekend in Houston and plan to concludetheir test efforts as early as Monday or Tuesday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme