Seattle: Larry Dixon Saturday summary

Miller Lite/Snake Racing Team secures no. 3 starting position in Seattle. SEATTLE (July 27) - Miller Lite/Snake Racing Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon improved on his qualifying time from Friday lowering it to 4.595 seconds with a great speed of ...

Miller Lite/Snake Racing Team secures no. 3 starting position in Seattle.

SEATTLE (July 27) - Miller Lite/Snake Racing Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon improved on his qualifying time from Friday lowering it to 4.595 seconds with a great speed of 321.87 mph, securing the No. 3 starting position for Sunday's 15th annual Lucas Oil Northwest Nationals at the Pacific Raceways.

Dixon's drive for his first Pacific Raceways victory will start in the first round against No. 14 qualifier Scott Weis. It will mark the fourth time the pair have met in National event competition, all in the first round, with Dixon winning the three previous match ups. Even so, he's cautious about looking beyond this initial encounter.

"I never look further than first round for race day," said Dixon, who will have lane choice in the first round. "That's what we'll do in trying to prepare the car. We get to run towards the back of the lineup, so we get to see what some of the other cars are doing and what the weather is going to be like in the morning. We'll go out there and stand on the gas and let the best team win."

This marks the Snake Racing team's best qualifying effort since May's pole run at Topeka. The noticeable improvement is due in part to the Dick LaHaie- tuned Miller Lite dragster not having to fight the detracting hot weather conditions of recent races.

"I think the biggest thing about Seattle and why cars are able to make good power is because we're so close to sea level, stated Dixon. "We're about 10 miles from the coast and that's why we make good power. When the sun's not on the track it's real tight and you get to see some good times. But then as soon as the sun comes out, we're still making decent power, but the racetrack isn't as tight, so that makes it a little more challenging." The Miller Lite/Snake Racing will look to pad their 119-point lead in the NHRA Top Fuel POWERade standings. In addition they will look to maintain the stellar winning percentage they established in the first half of the season winning seven events in 10 final round appearance out of the first 13 races, a performance which earned Dixon the second quarter Driver of the Year award balloting.

ESPN will show one hour of first round highlights of the Lucas Oil Northwest Nationals starting at 5 p.m. EDT. ESPN2 completes the final round race coverage with a two-hour program beginning at 8 p.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Scott Weis , Dick LaHaie