DIXON HOPES TO SEE CONSISTENT TUNE-UP CONTINUE AT DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 20, 2005) -- There's an old adage in drag racing that says that consistency wins races, not low elapsed time. Larry Dixon and his Dick LaHaie-led race team have...
DIXON HOPES TO SEE CONSISTENT TUNE-UP CONTINUE AT DALLAS
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 20, 2005) -- There's an old adage in drag racing that says that consistency wins races, not low elapsed time. Larry Dixon and his Dick LaHaie-led race team have followed those valuable words of wisdom at the last five events on the NHRA schedule having advanced to at least the semifinals with three final-round appearances and a win at the prestigious U.S. Nationals to their credit. The consistently quick LaHaie tune-up has seen Dixon and the Miller Lite Top Fuel team move to second place in the Top Fuel standings as they aim to win a third series title in four seasons.
The Miller Lite/Ameriquest Top Fuel team looks to continue its recent trend of round wins as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series continues its final three-race swing on the 2005 schedule Sept. 22-25 at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas. The Billy Meyer-owned race track features the only all-concrete drag strip on the 20-track circuit and saw Dixon claim the Top Fuel event title at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in 2001, along with clinching his second consecutive NHRA championship at the Motorplex in 2003.
"I think that the car, at the early part of the summer, showed flashes of brilliance, but it really started coming together when we brought this chassis out at Brainerd (Minn.)," Dixon said. "That leads you to believe that the other car was worn out. This car is absolutely going down the track more than the other car."
Having remained in third position in the competitive Top Fuel division since his win at Las Vegas in April -- team owner Don "the Snake" Prudhomme's 100th career victory -- Dixon vaulted himself to second place in the standings by advancing to the final round at the last two events (Indianapolis and Reading, Pa.). Top Fuel racing's winningest active driver is within one victory of equaling racing legend Kenny Bernstein for second place on the all-time Top Fuel win list with 39 career wins.
"If I keep racing, it'll happen," Dixon said. "The guys that I'm chasing aren't racing anymore, so you'd like to think that you'd catch them at some point. I think that's just a reflection of our team more so than me."
With a continuation of the consistency that has seen Dixon win 14 rounds at the past five races, a second career win at the Motorplex could be in store, along with another milestone for the already decorated veteran racer.
DIXON 'DOES' DALLAS...
What do you like most about Texas Motorplex?
The fact that it's an all-concrete race track, it has the best grip on tour. I wish that every track we went too was like that.
What is your favorite memory from Texas Motorplex?
Snake's last win in a Funny Car (1989) was there and his last win in a Top Fuel dragster (1994) was there, and his win in dragster happened to be on my birthday (October 23), so that was kind of cool.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Campisi's in Dallas.
What do you like most about the Dallas area?
What I like about going to the Dallas event is that some of the older fuel racers that came out of Texas always come by the pit. Raymond Beadle, Richard Tharp, Dale Emory, those are guys that I watched race as a kid and it's cool to see them come out.
When you hear 'Texas Motorplex' the first thing that comes to mind is?
Concrete and lots of it.