READING, PA (Sept. 15) - With the first day of qualifying complete at the 16th Annual Keystone Nationals, Larry Dixon used his personal track record time, and third quickest elapsed time of the 2000 season (4.632 seconds at 316.67 mph), to...
READING, PA (Sept. 15) - With the first day of qualifying complete at the 16th Annual Keystone Nationals, Larry Dixon used his personal track record time, and third quickest elapsed time of the 2000 season (4.632 seconds at 316.67 mph), to position the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster in the No. 7 spot at Maple Grove Raceway.
Dixon's best run of the day actually came at 9:45 PM in the evening. After a slight rain delay pushed the evening session back from its originally scheduled time of 7:30 PM, Dixon would see crew chief Dick LaHaie tune the Miller Lite/Raybestos ride to its quickest elapsed time in over five months (4.632) since their first round win in Richmond, VA (4.626 seconds at 316.60 mph).
The Indianapolis-based driver began the day with an afternoon pass of 4.707 seconds at 307.30 mph, placing him in the No. 8 spot after the first session. Dixon's career-best qualifying effort at Reading was a No. 4 seeding in 1997 where he posted a first round finish to Kenny Bernstein - the man responsible for ending Dixon's weekend three different times (1996, 97, 99) at Maple Grove.
The Miller Lite pilot enters this weekend's race ranked No. 3 in the Winston Top Fuel points race, just 102 points behind leader Tony Schumacher who is currently qualified No. 1 with a time of 4.535 seconds at a track record 324.67 mph. Dixon entered last year's event at Maple Grove eighth in the points race and only 81 points out of first.
The final two qualifying sessions of the weekend resume Saturday and are scheduled to be run at Noon and 4 PM ET. Sunday's elimination round begins at 11 AM and will be televised by ESPN2.