DIXON MAKES QUICKEST RUN OF CAREER IN MILLER LITE DRAGSTER EN ROUTE TO QUALIFYING SIXTH AT WINTERNATIONALS POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon powered to the quickest run of his career Saturday at ...
DIXON MAKES QUICKEST RUN OF CAREER IN MILLER LITE DRAGSTER EN ROUTE TO QUALIFYING SIXTH AT WINTERNATIONALS
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) -- Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon powered to the quickest run of his career Saturday at Pomona Raceway after blasting his Miller Lite dragster to a performance of 4.481 seconds at 326.95 mph placing him sixth in the quickest Top Fuel field in NHRA history.
Dixon opened Saturday qualifying by making the second quickest pass of his career when his Dick LaHaie-tuned Miller Lite/Ameriquest rail stopped the Pomona Raceway timers in 4.496 seconds at 328.78 mph. It was the first 4.4-second pass of LaHaie's tuning career.
"It was just another run," LaHaie said. "It didn't bother me that we've never run a 4.40. We won two titles and didn't run any 40s. It allows me to be cautiously optimistic. You never get confident in this sport because anyone that pulls next to you can beat you."
Dixon, a 35-time NHRA winner, concluded qualifying when his Don Prudhomme-owned dragster sped to a run of 4.481 at 326.95, the quickest elapsed time of Dixon's 11-year driving career. Dixon clocked the first 4.4-second pass in NHRA historyh4.486-seconds) at Houston Raceway Park in 1999.
"I'm pretty happy with the progress that we've made over the winter," Dixon said. "It's showing, but we've still got work to do. Right now, we're a sixth place car. The more runs we make, hopefully the better we'll get."
Dixon eyes a fourth career Winternationals title when he faces No. 11 qualifier Cory McClenathan in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations on Sunday morning at the storied Southern California drag strip. Dixon is 22-14 in his career against the veteran Top Fuel pilot.