DIXON RACES MILLER LITE DRAGSTER TO THIRD POSITION FRIDAY AT THE STRIP LAS VEGAS (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Larry Dixon, a four time winner at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, powered his Miller Lite dragster to the No. 3 qualifying position...
DIXON RACES MILLER LITE DRAGSTER TO THIRD POSITION FRIDAY AT THE STRIP
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Larry Dixon, a four time winner at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, powered his Miller Lite dragster to the No. 3 qualifying position Friday at The Strip after recording at 4.524-second pass to open qualifying at the fall Las Vegas event.
Dixon, who enters the race second in the POWERade Top Fuel standings, powered the Miller Lite/Ameriquest dragster to a performance of 4.593 seconds at 323.66 mph to position himself fifth in the Top Fuel order following the first of four scheduled qualifying sessions. The two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) then used a tune-up from crew chief Dick LaHaie to clock a 4.524, 325.53 pass to claim the provisional No. 3 qualifying position at the fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.
"I think that Dick (LaHaie) and Donnie (Bender) looked at the data from the last time we were here and from the last race at Dallas and made the proper adjustments to the car," Dixon said. "We went up there and the car went down the track and we were fifth quick after the first session and then we made some adjustments for the weather and track and were third quick after the next session."
Dixon and the Miller Lite team will pull double-duty on Saturday as they will both qualify for Sunday's final eliminations and compete in the Top Fuel Shootout, an eight car bonus event that features a $100,000 payout to the winner. Dixon, who has qualified No. 1 three times this season, is a three-time Top Fuel Shootout (1995, 2001-02) winner. Dixon will face Doug Kalitta in the first round of the Shootout at 1 p.m. (PT) Saturday at LVMS.
"We'll just go up there and try and do our thing," Dixon said. "It's just like any normal race day except there's less pressure since there's one less round to win."