Pomona: Larry Dixon Thursday qualifying report

From The Snake Pit Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster kick off Snake's 40th Anniversary season qualifying 15th at Winternationals POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7) - The opening day of the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series saw Larry Dixon and Don ...

From The Snake Pit
Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster kick off Snake's 40th Anniversary season qualifying 15th at Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7) - The opening day of the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series saw Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme Snake Racing's Miller Lite Dragster tow up to the starting line and post a lap of 9.474 seconds at 82.80 mph to qualify 15th after the first day of the 42nd Annual K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.

After a morning filled with photo shoots and interviews indicative of opening day, the Miller Lite Team prepared for their lone qualifying pass. While the calendar now reads 2002, you wouldn't have guessed it by observing whom Dixon was paired with as the Miller Lite/Mac Tools machine squared off against Kenny Bernstein and his rival "red" car - recalling memories of last season's heated Top Fuel championship battle. Placed in the left lane, Dixon had a great reaction time and launch, however the car overpowered the track surface near the 100-foot mark and he clicked off to the nine second clocking.

"Looking at our first run, I guess it was a little disappointing, but I would rather have it on the first run of the weekend rather than the last run of the weekend," said Dixon. "This racetrack doesn't get used a lot so you have to go out and learn the personality and characteristics of the racetrack. The weather plays a factor as does the altitude difference between here and (test site) Phoenix. I think and would hope that on the next run we will improve a bunch. But I am not in a panic. I wouldn't even panic if that was the last (qualifying) run on Saturday. I have got too much faith and confidence in our team."

Thursday's qualifying action marked the first day of racing for the NHRA under the POWERade banner, while it also signified the official start of Prudhomme's 40th Anniversary season as "The Snake" claimed his first win in 1962.

A total of three more qualifying sessions remain on Friday and Saturday before Sunday's elimination round. Qualifying action will be televised on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 4:30-6:00 PM ET (ESPN) and will continue from 6:00-7:00 PM ET (ESPN 2). Sunday's elimination rounds will air on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 5:00-7:00 PM ET (ESPN).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Don Prudhomme