LARRY DIXON PILOTS MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER TO THE NO. 12 QUALIFYING POSITION THURSDAY AT POMONA 1998 POMONA CHAMP SECURES PLACE IN 22-CAR TOP FUEL FIELD POMONA, CA. (Nov. 11) - Larry Dixon's opening qualifying lap saw the ...
LARRY DIXON PILOTS MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER TO THE NO. 12 QUALIFYING POSITION THURSDAY AT POMONA
1998 POMONA CHAMP SECURES PLACE IN 22-CAR TOP FUEL FIELD
POMONA, CA. (Nov. 11) - Larry Dixon's opening qualifying lap saw the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster spin the tires at the 400-foot mark en route to posting a lap of 4.751 seconds at 290.19 mph to claim the No. 12 position at the 35th Annual AAA of Southern California NHRA World Finals.
After posting eight consecutive passes ranging from 4.57 to 4.62 seconds to win the Matco Tools SuperNationals in Houston at the last NHRA event (Oct. 31), Dixon's lap of 4.751 was the slowest in his last nine attempts. Despite the ET, Miller Lite Team Crew Chief Dick LaHaie is not feeling any extra pressure to get a set-up quicker than usual due to Saturday's special $100,000 winner-take-all exhibition shootout.
"No, we're not to worried about it," said LaHaie, "because no matter what we do, we are either going to win or lose. It would have been nice to go out and run low ET, but now we will just have to adjust for the next round."
Tony Schumacher's No. 9 qualifying effort secured his 1999 NHRA Winston Top Fuel title while Joe Amato captured the pole position with his lap of 4.610 seconds at 316.90 mph.
Dixon has qualified the Miller Lite Dragster on the pole on three occasions this season (Gainesville, Houston, Dallas) and ranks No. 4 among the eight best qualifying top fuel cars and will face Schumacher in the first round of Saturday's Shootout.
He has recorded two wins (Brainerd, Houston) in four final round appearances this season and was the first driver to break the 4.5-second barrier (4.486 seconds). Dixon has eight NHRA national event wins in 18 final round appearances and was the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year.