MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2004) - Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite crew raced to a semifinal finish for the second time in three races Sunday at Gateway International Raceway and moved to fourth place in the...
MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2004) - Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite crew raced to a semifinal finish for the second time in three races Sunday at Gateway International Raceway and moved to fourth place in the Top Fuel points standings.
The 34-time NHRA winner defeated Rhonda Hartman-Smith and rival Brandon Bernstein before falling to David Grubnic in the semifinals. Dixon, who qualified sixth, powered to a run of 4.727 seconds at 312.06 mph to defeat Hartman-Smith, who overpowered the track in her dragster and coasted to a run of 8.800 at 113.84.
Dixon got the starting line advantage, then used a Dick LaHaie tune-up to race to low elapsed time of the second round with a pass of 4.563 at 320.51 to hold off Bernstein's performance of 4.576 at 319.98. It was Dixon's second victory of the 2004 season over his beer counterpart.
In the semifinals, Dixon's Miller Lite rail overpowered the Gateway Int'l Raceway quarter mile and the Indianapolis driver slowed to a run of 11.732 at 79.82, while Grubnic drove to a pass of 4.601 at 315.42 to earn the victory.
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 25th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals, July 16-18, at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Dixon is the defending event champion of the Denver race.
Dixon and the Miller Lite crew will return to the Don Prudhomme Snake Racing shop in Brownsburg, Ind. to gear up for the second half of the 2004 NHRA POWERade campaign as the Miller gang aims to continue their strong performance and chase a third consecutive Top Fuel title.