LARRY DIXON & MILLER LITE DRAGSTER QUALIFY NO. 12 & WILL MEET KENNY BERNSTEIN IN FIRST ROUND OF ELIMINATIONS 1995 RUNNER-UP LOOKS FOR FIRST TITLE AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY READING, PA. (Sept. 18) - Having experienced the thrill of victory and...
LARRY DIXON & MILLER LITE DRAGSTER QUALIFY NO. 12 & WILL MEET KENNY BERNSTEIN IN FIRST ROUND OF ELIMINATIONS
1995 RUNNER-UP LOOKS FOR FIRST TITLE AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY
READING, PA. (Sept. 18) - Having experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat over the course of the last two NHRA events, Larry Dixon hopes to recapture the winning form he found just weeks ago in Brainerd, Minn. when eliminations begin Sunday at the 15th Annual True Value Keystone Nationals.
Dixon, who qualified No. 12 in the 16-car field, begins his quest for his second win of the season when he meets No. 5 qualifier Kenny Bernstein in first-round action. Dixon owns a mark of 3-0 over Bernstein in head-to-head competition this season and is 4 - 7 for his career.
Making the Dixon - Bernstein pairing even more significant is the fact that both drivers are looking to rebound from disappointing efforts at the U.S. Nationals where both drivers failed to qualify. The pairing is also significant as it relates to the current Wintson Top Fuel point standings as Dixon sits No. 8 (914) while Bernstein is No. 5 (942).
"With so many of the cars in the top 10 so tightly bunched, whoever reaches the final four tomorrow will probably wind up among the top 4 in the Winston Point Standings," said Dixon. With that said, it is more critical now that ever that we are one of those cars."
The Miller Lite Team's opening qualifying run on Saturday was a step in the right direction, as Dixon's lap of 4.729 seconds at 297.52 m.p.h. picked up .22 on his previous qualifying best (4.947 secs.). He remained in 12th position however, as Gary Scelzi (4.581), Eddie Hill (4.587), Scott Kalitta (4.589) & Tony Schumacher (4.591) each posted E.T.'s in the 4.50s.
Smoking tires returned to haunt Dixon on his second and final qualifying pass (10.832 secs. at 75.17 m.p.h.) as the No. 91 car lost traction just after its pilot stepped on the throttle and did not improve up qualifying ladder.
He has recorded one win in three final round appearances this season and also owns the national elapsed-time record as the first driver to break the 4.5-second barrier (4.486 seconds). Dixon has seven NHRA national event wins in 17 final round appearances and was the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year.