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The Dixon Dispatch The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster Points leader Larry Dixon aims for 4th win of 2002 at Bristol Maintaining momentum is key as Larry Dixon heads to Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals. BRISTOL,...

The Dixon Dispatch
The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster
Points leader Larry Dixon aims for 4th win of 2002 at Bristol

Maintaining momentum is key as Larry Dixon heads to Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 22) - NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and his Snake Racing Miller Lite Team have enjoyed great momentum to start the 2002 season. Their impressive string of advancing to the final round at each of the first four races of the year was upset last week when Dixon bowed out prematurely in the first round for the first time in 30 races due to a freakish attrition of parts. This week's Second Annual Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals (April 26-28) will see Dixon and his team look to get back to their winning ways and take advantage of their early season momentum.

"I think momentum does give the team a lot of confidence and we have had some great momentum since Brainerd last year (August 2001)," said Dixon. "Since then whether we win or not, I have always felt like we had a car capable of winning. For me personally, I don't think about momentum too much, I just think about driving well and having a good running race car. Last weekend in Houston was a hiccup for us and I don't expect eight more months of hiccups," said Dixon referring to the team's first opening round setback in 30 consecutive races. "If it were a mystery as to what had happened, then there might be some cause for concern. But we know it was a part break which we were able to identify and fix and we hope that it never happens again. We are still bringing the same car, driver, crew and tuner to Bristol this week that has had the points lead since the beginning of the year."

Dixon returns to Bristol for only the fourth time in his career after two Winston Showdowns and last year's Inaugural Thunder Valley Nationals. The eight-year vet looks to improve on his career-best semifinal finish to Doug Kalitta at Bristol Dragway. He also is making sure that no one overreacts to the team's uncharacteristically early exit from the tour's last race. "Nobody on our team is thinking about hanging ourselves," said Dixon. "It is a long year and the championship is won based on your average over 23 races, not how you have done over a one race or even a five race stretch. It is all about trying to maintain a high level of performance for a full season. Whoever can do that will deserve the championship. No one can win every race, not even John Force. Think about the Chicago Bulls team that won 73 games. Well, they also lost 10 games but they didn't get tipped over about it."

Larry Dixon's Bristol Appearance Schedule

Date & Time

Tue, 4/23
Noon-4p Charlotte Media Tour, including RPM2Night taping

Thur, 4/25
730-815p Hooters, 2288 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, 423-610-1484
820-900p Bennigan's, 2280 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, 423-610-1484

Qualifying:
Fri, 4/26 500 & 800p sessions 1 & 2
Sat, 4/27 100 & 400p sessions 3 & 4

Eliminations:
Sun, 4/28 1100a Eliminations begin

NHRA on Television This Weekend

Date & Time (ET) Network Coverage
Apr. 27, 800-1000p ESPN 2 Qualifying
Apr. 28, 1100-1130a ESPN 2 NHRA 2Day
Apr. 28, 530-730p ESPN 2 Eliminations
Apr. 28, 1130p-130a ESPN 2 Repeat

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , John Force , Doug Kalitta