DIXON WINS ALL-TOYOTA TOP FUEL FINAL AT ENGLISHTOWN; WORSHAM FALLS IN FINAL TORRANCE, Calif. hJune 14, 2010) -- Larry Dixon defeated Antron Brown in an all-Toyota Top Fuel final on Monday at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway...
DIXON WINS ALL-TOYOTA TOP FUEL FINAL AT ENGLISHTOWN; WORSHAM FALLS IN FINAL
TORRANCE, Calif. hJune 14, 2010) -- Larry Dixon defeated Antron Brown in an all-Toyota Top Fuel final on Monday at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., while Dixon's Al-Anabi Racing teammate, Del Worsham, lost in the final to Bob Tasca. For Dixon, the win continues a dominating stretch that has featured five victories in the last seven races and also made him the first driver to clinch a spot in the NHRA Countdown playoffs. Over the seven-race stretch, Dixon has accumulated a remarkable 24-2 record in elimination races. He has now reached the semi-final round or beyond in each of the last seven events.
Making Dixon's run to the Victory Circle even more impressive was the list of challengers he defeated along the way. After beating Steve Chrisman, he beat arch-rival Tony Schumacher in the second round, followed by number two qualifier Brandon Bernstein in the semi-finals before knocking off Brown for the win.
Englishtown marked Brown's fourth finals appearance in 11 races this season. He defeated Scott Palmer, Terry McMillen and Doug Kalitta on the way to Monday's final.
It was an all-Morgan Lucas Racing match-up in the first round on Sunday with Morgan Lucas advancing after Shawn Langdon suffered a breakdown in the parachute system's safety override preventing the car from turning over. When the crew tried to reset the system, the parachutes deployed, ending any chance of him making a run. Lucas made a solo run to advance, but was subsequently eliminated in the second round.
In Funny Car, after two previous semi-final appearances, Worsham made his first final of the 2010 season and appeared to secure his first victory after the win light came on at the end of his run. Unfortunately, the win light was triggered at the quarter-mile mark and not at 1,000 feet. It was quickly announced that it was Tasca that had reached 1,000 feet first as he won a narrow victory on a whole-shot, despite Worsham's low ET at 4.107.
Worsham had earlier driven his Toyota Camry Solara to victories over points leader Robert Hight and Jack Beckman in the second and third rounds. Worsham also had to win an all-Toyota elimination run on the way to the finals, as he defeated number eight qualifier Cruz Pedregon in the opening run.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes the trek to Bristol, Tennessee, and the Bristol Dragway next weekend for the third of four consecutive race weekends with the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 18-20.
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