Phoenix: Larry Dixon Friday summary

Dixon and Miller Lite Team Record Solid Numbers on First Day With New Engine Combination CHANDLER, Ariz. (March 5, 2004) -- Two-time NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite team are at ease after Dixon...

Dixon and Miller Lite Team Record Solid Numbers on First Day With New Engine Combination

CHANDLER, Ariz. (March 5, 2004) -- Two-time NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite team are at ease after Dixon powered his Miller Lite rail to a run of 4.649 seconds at 266.42 mph on Friday's second qualifying pass at Firebird International Raceway. Dixon sits in the No. 13 position with two scheduled qualifying attempts remaining.

Hoping to improve upon last weekend's performance at season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Dick LaHaie, crew chief for Dixon's Miller Lite dragster, made the decision to change from the traditional supercharger the team had been campaigning to the now popular setback version.J On the teams first run with the new engine combination, Dixon recorded a performance of 5.486 seconds at 169.66 mph, shutting the Miller Lite car off near half track. On Friday's final effort, Dixon drove the car to the 1,000-foot mark before clicking off early.

"I'm extremely pleased," Dixon said. "With as much equipment as we changed on the car this week, we're fortunate that it's a short field here this weekend. It allowed us to make a half track run and shut if off and then make corrections. We then ran it 1,000 feet and shut if off and will make some more corrections and come back on Saturday with a solid baseline.

"These are all planned runs. We planned on going to half track on the first run and to the 1,000-foot mark on the second pass. Putting up a 4.64 and only running 1,000 feet is a great run. I'm thrilled at the progress. For the amount of stuff we changed and the progress that we're making after only two runs is really good. "

Dixon, a 33-time NHRA winner, and the Miller Lite team hope to move up the Top Fuel order when qualifying continues at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, March 6.

ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights from the CSK Nationals beginning at 11 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 6 and show three hours of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, March 7.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie