Englishtown: Larry Dixon preview

* Larry Dixon is fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings; he is 151 points out of third place. Dixon won the AC Delco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. and the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan. earlier this ...

* Larry Dixon is fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings; he is 151 points out of third place. Dixon won the AC Delco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. and the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan. earlier this season. He was the No. 3 qualifier at Joliet, Ill.; he defeated Joe Hartley and Morgan Lucas before losing to Spencer Massey in the semifinals.

* One year ago at Englishtown, Dixon was the No. 13 qualifier; he defeated Dave Grubnic before losing to Cory McLenathan in the second round of eliminations. Dixon is a four-time winner at Englishtown having won the race in 1995, 2004, '05 and '07.

* Dixon won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 2002 and '03. He is currently third on the NHRA's all-time Top Fuel winner's list with 45 victories. Joe Amato is in second place with 52 wins; Tony Schumacher tops the list with 59 wins. Dixon is now tied with Dave Schultz for ninth place on the NHRA's all-time professional victories list. He was the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year.

Dixon prior to Englishtown:

"We're definitely heading in the right direction in points. We gained a little more ground last weekend in Joliet, and third place is in sight now. We'll just try to keep going in that direction. If we can keep going rounds on Sunday, we can start getting closer to the top where we all feel we should be.

"There are NHRA race tracks that I consider like PGA TOUR major championships, and Englishtown is one of them. Englishtown ranks up there with Indianapolis, Pomona and Gainesville; they are all places I used to read about as a kid, and I hoped that someday, I'd get to race there. Racing at Englishtown, and especially winning four times there, is definitely a highlight of my career.

"The thing that will be on most of the racers minds going to Englishtown is that we lost Scott (Kalitta) there last year. I won Englishtown in 1995 and beat Scott in the final. When I first started driving, he was in the middle of his championship years. They were a hard team to beat, and I had great respect for Scott, how he drove and how he raced. He was a good person. He raced hard, but he had fun doing it, and I think Scott will be at the forefront of everyone's mind when they pull into the gates there this weekend."

-credit: ajaar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Morgan Lucas , Joe Hartley , Spencer Massey