Millington: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

Miller Lite team sets Saturday's low elapsed time - 4.612 seconds. MEMPHIS (Sept. 21) -The Miller Lite team gave Larry Dixon a great ride in his Elvis Presley commemorative race car during Saturday's Top Fuel qualifying, setting low elapsed time...

Miller Lite team sets Saturday's low elapsed time - 4.612 seconds.

MEMPHIS (Sept. 21) -The Miller Lite team gave Larry Dixon a great ride in his Elvis Presley commemorative race car during Saturday's Top Fuel qualifying, setting low elapsed time of the day when he powered his way to the quarter-mile finish line in a time of 4.612 seconds, 318.69 mph placing him in the No. 3 starting position for Sunday's O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.

In the heat of the day under bright sunny skies, the Dick LaHaie-tuned dragster laid down the gauntlet for other teams to match, but all were unsuccessful in trying to match the Miller Lite team's horsepower. "That's real nice," said Dixon. "It always makes you feel good going into Sunday when we can be low in the heat session on Saturday. We've got Elvis on the side of the car and hopefully he can bring us some hometown advantage here in Memphis."

Dixon will face Chris Karamesines for only the second time in his career. Their only prior meeting came earlier this year at Columbus, Ohio's Pontiac Excitement Nationals where Dixon defeated him in the first round of eliminations.

In the afternoon qualifying session, the Miller Lite team worked on a combination in preparation for Sunday's race. Despite losing traction at mid-track, their research gained them the valuable knowledge and they remain resolute heading into eliminations.

"We debated about changing it or leaving it alone," said crew chief Dick LaHaie. "We needed to see what that lane was like in the heat. So we left it alone and we were 80 per cent sure it wasn't going to make it and it didn't. We talked about what to change before we ran and, after looking at the computer, if we had changed it, it would have gone right down the racetrack. So, we feel pretty confident that if we get put in that lane tomorrow we'll be okay."

ESPN2 will broadcast the O'Reilly Nationals Mid-South Nationals final round starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Chris Karamesines , Dick LaHaie