Dixon to benefit Russell memorial fund

Dixon Organizes Auction to Benefit the Darrell Russell Memorial Fund VISTA, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2004) -- Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and his wife, Allison, are organizing a charity auction to benefit the Darrell Russell ...

Dixon Organizes Auction to Benefit the Darrell Russell Memorial Fund

VISTA, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2004) -- Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and his wife, Allison, are organizing a charity auction to benefit the Darrell Russell Memorial Fund and Russell's wife, Julie.

The Darrell Russell Memorial Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 in the Hospitality Village at Pomona Raceway at 6 p.m. (PT) following the completion of qualifying for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. There will be both silent and live auctions and all proceeds will benefit the Darrell Russell Memorial Fund.

"We need to rise up together and help out a fellow racer," Dixon said. "I call on every driver and sponsor to donate items and for the fans to show up and bid on something.

"My wish is that this grows outside of the boundaries of the NHRA family. I hope we can raise some awareness in the other sanctions as well. If one of our drivers knows anyone racing on another circuit, please call them and ask them to help out."

Bob Frey, the longtime voice of NHRA drag racing, will emcee the auction and Julie Russell will be on hand for the event. The silent portion of the auction will take place from 3-6 p.m. The auction is open to anyone attending Saturday's racing action at Pomona Raceway.

Some of the items up for bid include a big-block Chevrolet crate motor, a fully-paid tuition to Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School, an autographed Jesse James Mac Tools toolbox, Dixon's 1995 Miller Genuine Draft fire suit from his 1995 Rookie of the Year campaign, and an autographed guitar from rock-and-roll group Van Halen.

"If every driver can find one or two cool items from their own collection and then talk their sponsors into donating one or two things, we'll end up with an awesome collection of stuff," Dixon said. "Hopefully, we can raise a bunch of money for Julie (Russell) and the family to help them through this difficult time in their lives. It's the right thing to do."

The Dixon's are looking for volunteers to help the day of the auction at Pomona Raceway. Anyone interested in contributing a few hours of their time in coordinating the event, please contact Ali Dixon.

If you would like to participate by making a contribution to the auction, please contact Dixon or Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School at (888) 901-7223. Also, if you have items to donate, please send them to the Darrell Russell Memorial Auction c/o Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School, Fairplex -- Gate 12, Pomona, CA 91768. Please note that Hawley's school can only accept items sent via UPS, FedEx or DHL.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Frank Hawley , Jesse James