KENT, Wash. (July 25, 2004) - Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon now sits sixth in the Top Fuel points standings in his quest for a third straight series championship after suffering a narrow defeat in round two at Pacific ...
KENT, Wash. (July 25, 2004) - Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon now sits sixth in the Top Fuel points standings in his quest for a third straight series championship after suffering a narrow defeat in round two at Pacific Raceways on Sunday.
Dixon, who qualified his Dick LaHaie-tuned Miller Lite dragster in the No. 5 position, under unseasonably hot conditions in the Pacific Northwest bested No. 12 qualifier Terry Capp in a battle of former U.S. Nationals champions in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations. Dixon, a 34-time NHRA winner, powered to a run of 4.728 seconds at 305.15 mph to hold off Capp, who bettered his qualifying effort making a pass of 4.755 at 297.35. It was the first time that Dixon and Capp have met during eliminations.
In round two, Dixon and the Miller crew made their quickest and fastest pass under the new 85-percent nitromethane rule powering to a run of 4.679 at 311.63. However, the Miller Lite rail was edged at the finish line by veteran driver Cory McClenathan's dragster in one of the closest races of the day. McClenathan posted a winning effort of 4.683 at 307.89.
"We made every run down the race track and our performance seemed to pick up every run," Dixon said. "I think it's a work in progress, but there are some positive signs."
ESPN2 will televise three hours of final eliminations coverage from the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 25.
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 17th annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals, July 30 - Aug. 1, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Dixon is the defending event champion of the Sonoma event having swept the Western Swing in 2003.