Las Vegas: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

DIXON BLASTS TO NO. 2 QUALIFYING SPOT, RECORDS TOP SPEED AT LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon posted his best qualifying position of the 2005 NHRA season Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor...

DIXON BLASTS TO NO. 2 QUALIFYING SPOT, RECORDS TOP SPEED AT LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon posted his best qualifying position of the 2005 NHRA season Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after powering his Miller Lite dragster to a pass of 4.504 seconds at 330.39 mph on Friday evening.

Dixon, a 35-time NHRA winner, raced to the second qualifying position under the lights Friday evening at the Las Vegas track. The 330.39-mph speed was the fastest speed recorded during qualifying. On Saturday afternoon, Dixon's Miller Lite/Ameriquest rail posted the quickest 330-foot time on its opening pass before striking the tires. Dixon's dragster overpowered the hot LVMS quarter mile on his final qualifying pass. The last time Dixon qualified second was at the NHRA event at Bandimere Speedway in Denver last July.

"It was a really nice run that we made on Friday night," Dixon said. "It's no secret that we've struggled under ideal conditions. If you keep knocking on the door, eventually, you'll get through. Dick (LaHaie) and the team took a different approach and it worked. I was more happy about making a really good run than seeing the great number on the board. The guys on this Miller Lite team work really hard, so I was happy for them.

"Hopefully, we learned what not to do," assistant crew chief Don Bender added. "I just couldn't believe that we made a good run on Friday night, but couldn't get down the track during the day."

Dixon, a three-time winner at The Strip, will face No. 15 qualifier Mike Strasburg in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations. Dixon has a 2-0 mark in his career against the Utah-based driver.

-www.snakeracing.com

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