Sonoma: Larry Dixon elimination report

From The Snake Pit Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster Remain Second In Winston Top Fuel Points After Second Round Finish At Sears Point  SONOMA, CA (Aug. 5) -- Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme Racing's Miller Lite Dragster recorded a second round...

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Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster Remain Second In Winston Top Fuel Points After Second Round Finish At Sears Point 

SONOMA, CA (Aug. 5) -- Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme Racing's Miller Lite Dragster recorded a second round finish at the 14th Annual Fram Autolite Nationals at Sears Point Raceway Sunday to remain second in the Winston Top Fuel points chase.

Dixon's second round effort marks just the fourth time in 16 races this season that the Miller Lite Dragster has not reached the semifinals. Dixon now owns a total of 1,294 points and sits less than four rounds (80 points) behind leader Kenny Bernstein.

Sunday began with Dixon as the No. 3 qualifier, marking the 13th time this season he had qualified among the top three cars. Crew Chief Dick LaHaie took advantage of cool morning temperatures to tune Dixon to low elapsed time of the opening round as the Miller Lite Dragster ran to it's 17th consecutive first round victory at a time of 4.608 seconds at 314.46 mph to defeat No. 14 qualifier Don Sosenka (5.536 at 251.20 mph) in their first career match up.

The second round saw Dixon meet up with No. 6 qualifier David Grubnic for the 10th time in his career.  With track temperatures having increased 20 degrees since the opening round, Sears Point Raceway became even more difficult to conquer. Dixon jumped out to a great starting line advantage (.473-.517) and maintained that lead through halftrack before he hazed the tires and was upset by the Oberto Dragster. 

Dixon's effort of 5.099 seconds at 275.06 mph fell short to Grubnic's lap of 4.751 seconds at 309.49 mph, marking just the fourth time this season the Miller Team has not advanced to the semifinals. 

"The first round felt great today," said Dixon.  "The track was still in great shape by the time we ran in the first round.  For as good as the track was in the morning, we thought the car was capable of running a 4.63 to a 4.68, so to run a 4.60 was great.  I think that time really surprised everybody, but when you look at how good the track was, it should not have been that much of a surprise."

"Now we head off to Brainerd for the next race where the track will be as tricky as it was here in Sonoma, but at least we might get some cooler air up there."

Dixon and the Miller Lite Team take one week off before heading to the 20th Annual Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. (Aug. 16-19).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , David Grubnic , Don Prudhomme