DIXON AND MILLER LITE CREW HOPE TO MAKE RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS FOR SUCCESS AT SEATTLE KENT, Wash. (July 18, 2006) Competing at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver, presents arguably the most difficult conditions for the drag racing professionals on the...
DIXON AND MILLER LITE CREW HOPE TO MAKE RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS FOR SUCCESS AT SEATTLE
KENT, Wash. (July 18, 2006) Competing at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver, presents arguably the most difficult conditions for the drag racing professionals on the NHRA circuit. The crew chiefs must make drastic changes to the tune-up of the race cars to adapt to elevation that reaches nearly 6,000 feet. On the other hand, once the Denver race is completed, teams must then revert back to the setup they use at the other 22 races on the NHRA schedule before kicking-off qualifying for the Seattle race just five days later.
"You have to put the car back to the way you had it before the Denver race," Miller Lite crew chief Don Bender said. "You just forget about Denver. You need to change the fuel system, along with taking compression and timing out of the motor. It's an entirely different motor combination, and you also go back to running on 85-percent nitromethane."
Last season, two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel team thrilled the high speed race fans in the Pacific Northwest when the 38-time NHRA winner set both the track elapsed time and speed marks during qualifying at Pacific Raceways, 4.490 seconds at 331.36 mph. Now, Dixon and his Bender-led crew aim for more of the same when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes its annual July visit to The Evergreen State, July 21-23, for the 19th annual Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle.
"A lot has changed since last season," Dixon said. "Because of the rules package, you can't do the same things with the tune-up of the car. We're on a different tire and we have a new ignition. Plus, there's a different track surface at Pacific Raceways. There are a lot of variables that come into the equation. I am excited about our race car because Donnie (Bender) and Todd (Smith) are really starting to gel, making us a better team."
With a seasoned race crew behind him, the veteran Top Fuel racer and the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil team are poised to make a run as Dixon eyes the 39th victory of his career. If they can properly adapt after the tricky Denver event, then more stellar numbers might be in store for Dixon's 330-mph rail.