Larry Dixon to Meet Tim Gibson in 1st Round at Chicago

JOLIET, IL (June 3) -Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster posted a lap of 4.648 seconds at 311.34 mph to qualify in the No. 10 position for Sunday's elimination round at the Third Annual Prestone Nationals at Route 66 ...

JOLIET, IL (June 3) -Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster posted a lap of 4.648 seconds at 311.34 mph to qualify in the No. 10 position for Sunday's elimination round at the Third Annual Prestone Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Saturday's qualifying sessions began with the Miller Lite Team looking to rebound from their explosion in the final round of qualifying on Friday night. The cause of the fire was not found as the crew worked on the Miller Lite Dragster until 2 AM this morning to prepare for today's qualifying rounds. "After we got back to the pit area and reviewed all the data, we could find virtually nothing wrong with the car," said crew chief Dick LaHaie. "It is just one of those unanswered questions in drag racing."

LaHaie and his team did find the answers to getting the Miller Lite Dragster back down the track in its typical 4.6-second fashion with a pass of 4.670 seconds at 311.13 mph, good enough for the No. 10 spot. "We went back to our baseline tune-up for this session to get down the track. Now we will try and come back this afternoon and see what we can do," said LaHaie.

Dixon's final qualifying run of the weekend tripped the beams at a time of 4.692 seconds at 312.78 mph to secure the No. 10 qualifying spot. "Well, the car didn't do what we wanted it to, we tried to run a bit quicker," said LaHaie. "I guess we are just not finding the right knob to turn this weekend. We will try to come out and run a little quicker tomorrow."

With Dixon's runs today, the Miller Lite Dragster is now running the quarter mile in the 4.60-second elapsed time range 70.1% of the time, with 40 out of 57 full passes this season clocking in between 4.60-4.69 seconds.

Sunday's elimination round begins at 10 AM and will be televised by ESPN 2 beginning at 5 PM ET. Dixon's first round opponent will be No. 7 seed Tim Gibson. This will be the second meeting of the season for the two drivers with Dixon winning the first match-up between the two drivers during the first round last weekend at Texas Motorplex. Dixon owns a record of one win and one loss against Gibson for his career.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie , Tim Gibson