Dallas: Larry Dixon preview

DALLAS, Texas. (Oct.6) -- NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and his Snake Racing/Miller Lite team have nearly closed the door on the 2003 NHRA POWERade championship title. The Don Prudhomme owned team heads to Texas for the 18th ...

DALLAS, Texas. (Oct.6) -- NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and his Snake Racing/Miller Lite team have nearly closed the door on the 2003 NHRA POWERade championship title. The Don Prudhomme owned team heads to Texas for the 18th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals in hopes of warmer weather and clinching the championship.

Called the "father of modern drag racing tracks" Texas Motorplex is home to the only all-concrete drag racing surface. "The Snake with funny cars, Ed McCullough with funny cars, Snake in a dragster, and with me in a dragster, I've had a lot of good times there," recalls Dixon. Who in 2001dominated the race by breaking the track record, snagging the No. 1 qualifying position and proceeded in win the event.

Dixon returns to Dallas for the 12th time of his career looking to tie his 2002 record of most victories in a single season (nine). By advancing to the final round in Memphis at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals, Dixon tied this own record of the most final rounds in a single season (14 -2002).

The Miller Lite driver now holds a 348-point margin (1,838-1,491) with three races remaining on the NHRA National Event schedule. You would think Dixon would be considering the 2003 championship title given the sizable lead separating him and closest challenger Doug Kalitta, but you would be wrong. "I don't really think like that," said Dixon, I just go to each track and try and make things happen."

When asked about the remainder of the 2003 NHRA season and how he'd like to see it play out, a humble Dixon replied, "Probably just like any one else's, qualify No.1 and go from there." This response has always been his expectation, his standard. Sounding so obviously simple from someone who has a qualifying streak of 31 straight races. But the current champion is quick to point out, "If you don't qualify, where can you go from there?"

Dixon adding, "I don't have a dream sequence. I'm really just having the time of my life right now." And with a beautiful wife (Ali), their wonderful children (Donovan and Alanna), a dedicated sponsor, a championship to his credit, a devoted team and tuner why would he want to create a dream sequence? He's already living it.

The 18th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals begins Friday with qualifying sessions at 3:00 and 6:30 PM CT. Saturday continues with a second round of qualifying with sessions beginning at 12:00 and 3:30 PM CDT. Final elimination rounds begin on Sunday, Oct.12th with an 11:00 AM CDT start.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta , Don Prudhomme