Phoenix: Dixon quickest Saturday, meets Baldwin in opener

PHOENIX (Feb. 17) - Running the two quickest times of the day, Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel Team held on to the No. 2 qualifying position Saturday and will face Bobby Baldwin in the first round of eliminations...

PHOENIX (Feb. 17) - Running the two quickest times of the day, Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel Team held on to the No. 2 qualifying position Saturday and will face Bobby Baldwin in the first round of eliminations Sunday at Firebird International Raceway.

With a string of four consecutive 4.5-second laps during qualifying, Dixon and Crew Chief Dick LaHaie have shown to have the most consistent tune-up during qualifying and have captured some important momentum heading into tomorrow's first round match up with No. 15 seed Baldwin.

"It makes me happy, but it doesn't make my job any easier," said Dixon. "It puts more pressure on me because you have to be on your game because everyone is going to take a shot at you. It does a lot for us because when people see us make four runs in the 4.50s, they know that our car is going to run in the 4.50s tomorrow unless something happens, and knowing that they might feel like they need to take a shot against us," said Dixon.

Dixon, the 1995 Top Fuel champ at Phoenix, opened the final day of qualifying with a lap of 4.58 seconds, followed by his final qualifying effort of 4.538 seconds at 320.58 mph. Dixon's No. 91 car continues to show improved horsepower, even when they are not looking for it. "I was really impressed with that last run. LaHaie was trying some things in the clutch and the motor department almost as if we were testing on a free run and it actually ran quicker. To fire off that 4.53 and be the only car to run in the .50s that session says a lot about how our car and our team is performing right now."

His first round meeting with Baldwin will mark the two drivers third match up of their careers, with Dixon winning both of the previous meetings. Sunday's elimination round begins at 11:00AM CT and will be televised on ESPN beginning at 2:00 PM ET and will replay on ESPN 2 at 6:00 PM ET.

-Snake Racing-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie