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Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
Seattle, WA
(July 21-23)

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Larry Dixon
Rapisarda Racing dragster

Dixon races to first-round performance

Seattle, Sunday: Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon drove his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite dragster to a first-round finish Sunday at Pacific Raceways to complete the 19th running of the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals.

Dixon, who qualified 10th in the 16-car Top Fuel field, was matched up against No. 7 qualifier Doug Kalitta for the 43rd time in his 12-year driving career. The veteran drivers used nearly identical reaction times before the Miller Lite rail lost traction forcing Dixon to pedal the throttle en route to a run of 4.904 seconds at 312.86 mph. Kalitta's red dragster clocked a performance of 4.669 at 310.20 to earn the trip to round two. Dixon now holds a 22-21 head-to-head margin over the Michigan racer.

"The car started shaking real early in the run and I had to pedal it," Dixon said. "It was a lot like two of our runs on Sunday last week at Denver. It's kind of a bummer because if we would have just run what we ran in qualifying on Saturday, we could have won the round."

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