Englishtown: Larry Dixon preview

DIXON EYES FATHER'S DAY SIX PACK AT E-TOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13, 2006) -- As with all sports, NHRA drag racing isn't remiss of bizarre and baffling circumstances. In a sport where you can record a personal-best and just 75 minutes later...

DIXON EYES FATHER'S DAY SIX PACK AT E-TOWN

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13, 2006) -- As with all sports, NHRA drag racing isn't remiss of bizarre and baffling circumstances. In a sport where you can record a personal-best and just 75 minutes later have a simple part cause the 8,000 horsepower nitromethane-powered engine to not fire, there are numerous situations that cannot be explained or justified.

For instance, take the case of two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon. Since the birth of his first child, Donovan, on Nov. 29, 2000, the second generation Top Fuel driver has compiled an astounding yet unexplainable string of five consecutive victories on Father's Day. That's 20 straight round wins in daddy's day, which adds up to one of the more impressive feats in the annals of quarter mile racing. Add to the mix the fact that the Father's Day streak has taken place at two different race tracks (National Trail Raceway and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park) and the scenario becomes even more remarkable.

"You can't really explain it," Dixon said. "Fate has probably played into it a little bit. It's been a great experience for me and my family."

Dixon, now the father of two (Donovan 5 and Alanna 3), with wife Allison currently carrying the couple's third child, looks to build upon the remarkable string of 20 consecutive win lights on Father's Day as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes its annual visit to the storied drag strip at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., June 15-18, for the 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals. Last June, Dixon and his Miller Lite dragster dominated the Top Fuel class at Raceway Park, qualifying in the No. 1 position and setting the track speed record (332.26 mph) en route to a fifth straight Father's Day triumph. It was his third career win at the historic New Jersey facility.

"There have been rounds where we smoked the tires and rounds that we won on holeshots and if those hadn't have happened, we wouldn't have been able to keep the thing going," Dixon said. "It's been good. Obviously, it started when I became a dad, so Donovan has gotten to enjoy all five and his sister, Alanna, has been able to enjoy the last three. It's been a neat thing. I know, at some point in time it will end, I'm just not ready for it to end this year."

"I enjoy the fact that we, as a team, have done well at the premier events on the tour, Pomona, Gainesville, Indy, Columbus and Englishtown. Those are the races that I wanted to do well at because I knew about them as a little kid. We've been able to do well at those races and that's something that we're very proud of."

At a track where the 38-time NHRA winner has collected three trips to the winner's circle in six career final- round appearances, the percentages seem likely that Dixon will continue to advance rounds and gather win lights on Father's Day. With four additional round wins to his credit, the Miller Lite driver will have a personal Father's Day six pack of "Wally" trophies to proudly display on his mantel at home in Indianapolis.

*DIXON ENGLISHTOWN NOTES*

Dixon is a three-time winner at Raceway Park (1995, 2004-05). He also has earned three runner-up finishes at the New Jersey track (1996, 2002-03).

Raceway Park is one of 19 active NHRA tracks where Dixon has earned at least one victory.

Raceway Park is one of 11 tracks where Dixon has scored multiple wins.

Raceway Park is one of seven current NHRA tracks where Dixon has claimed at least three victories (Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Gainesville Raceway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, National Trail Raceway and Atlanta Dragway).

Dixon's three Englishtown victories rank second behind Joe Amato's six career wins at Raceway Park. Jeb Allen and Kenny Bernstein also have won three times at Raceway Park in Top Fuel.

Dixon has earned the No. 1 qualifying position four times at the Englishtown race (1995, 2000, '02, '05). In 11 tries at Raceway Park, Dixon's lowest qualifying position was ninth (2004).

Last June, Dixon set the Raceway Park track speed record at 332.26 mph.

Dixon's team owner, Don "the Snake" Prudhomme, won the Englishtown race, formerly the Summernationals, six times (1976-77, 1980-81, '82, '88), all in Funny Car competition. The Snake has visited the Raceway Park winner's circle nine times in his career.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Joe Amato