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Larry Dixon is fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings, and he is 77 points out of first place. Dixon has advanced to at least the semifinals in three of the five races this season; he won the AC Delco NHRA...

Larry Dixon is fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings, and he is 77 points out of first place. Dixon has advanced to at least the semifinals in three of the five races this season; he won the AC Delco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Dixon was the No. 3 qualifier at Las Vegas and defeated Urs Erbacher before losing to Brandon Bernstein in the second round of eliminations.

One year ago at Atlanta Dragway, Dixon was the No. 4 qualifier but lost to Bob Vandergriff in the first round of eliminations. Dixon won races at Atlanta Dragway in 1996, 2002 and '03.

Dixon won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 2002 and '03. He is currently third on the NHRA's all-time Top Fuel winner's list with 43 victories. Joe Amato is in second place with 52 wins; Tony Schumacher tops the list with 56 wins. Dixon is 10th on the NHRA's all-time professional victories list. He trails ninth-place Dave Schultz by two wins. Dixon was the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year.

Dixon prior to Atlanta Dragway:

"We didn't get the result we wanted in Las Vegas, but it seemed lots of teams had trouble getting down the race track for one reason or another. Losing the Friday qualifying sessions really can impact the show because teams don't get the laps on the race track that we all need, and it can affect a new team even more.

"Even though everyone on this team has won championships with previous teams, when you get right down to it, we're still a new team. The short qualifying sessions can affect us more than other teams. We had one at Pomona and two at Las Vegas, and those races were the ones where we had problems. In the media room at Gainesville, I was explaining that even though we won the race there, everything on this team is still new. All of the parts are new and they react differently on different tracks and under different conditions so we are still adjusting.

"We realize that our race team is still a work in progress. We have to be patient and keep working on getting all of the different parts to come together. We're still learning, and we hope that by the time we get to the countdown, we have everything sorted out so that we can make a strong run for the 2009 Full Throttle title."

-credit: ajaar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Brandon Bernstein , Bob Vandergriff , Urs Erbacher