HOUSTON (Oct. 23) - With the rescheduling of last week's NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals due to rain (Nov. 3-4), many would think that Larry Dixon would be very disappointed not to have been able to climb in Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite ...
HOUSTON (Oct. 23) - With the rescheduling of last week's NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals due to rain (Nov. 3-4), many would think that Larry Dixon would be very disappointed not to have been able to climb in Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster and complete his first lap since his Memphis accident occurred on Oct. 8. â€œI wasn't any more disappointed that anyone else,â€ said Dixon. â€œIt is quite an undertaking for the all of the teams to go into a race weekend and have to hang out and not do a thing for four days, so from that standpoint it was a real bummer. But for us, it was actually better. As it stood with the weather in Dallas, we were only going to get one or two runs in the car before eliminations began. The more runs we get under our belt the better in this new car before we go into competition.â€
Not only will Dixon and the Miller Lite squad get another crack at Mother Nature this weekend at the 4th Annual Matco Tools Supernationals (Oct. 26-29), but they return to Houston Raceway Park, where Dixon has won the last two events.
â€œH.R.P. has been a good track for Dick LaHaie and the Miller Lite Team, so I just want to try and keep that streak alive,â€ said Dixon. â€œAs far as worrying about my first ride back in the car?â€¦ I am not thinking like that. I guess the thing that makes me nervous most is that we are bringing a brand new car to a national event. We talked about testing during this week, but Dick LaHaie and (Asst. crew chief) Don Bender are pretty confident that the data we have from the other car is good enough to run in the 4.60s. We will just work on improving our tune up from there.â€
<pre> Dixon's Career Results in Houston Year Event Qual. Finish & Winning Driver 1995 Slick 50 Nationals No. 6 First Round-M. Dunn 1996 Slick 50 Nationals No. 4 Second Round-J. Amato 1997 Slick 50 Nationals No. 15 First Round-McClenathan 1997 Matco Tools SNtls. No. 7 Runner-up-G. Scelzi 1998 Pennzoil Nationals No. 14 First round-C. McClenathan 1998 Matco Tools SNtls. No. 5 Second Round-Vandergriff 1999 O'Reilly Nationals No. 1 Second Round-Schumacher 1999 Matco Tools SNtls. No. 3 WIN-defeat G. Scelzi 2000 O'Reilly Nationals No. 4 WIN-defeat TSchumacher
</pre> Don Prudhomme won only one title in Houston while behind the wheel of the Skoal Bandit Dragster in 1994. Since then, Larry Dixon has won Top Fuel crown at Houston Raceway Park in Fall-1999 and Spring-2000. He also was the first to break 4.5 seconds with his lap of 4.48 in Houston (4-9-99).
<pre> 2000 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Point Standings 1. Gary Scelzi 1,663 - - - 2. Tony Schumacher 1,537 126 out 3. LARRY DIXON 1,440 223 out 4. Joe Amato 1,281 382 out 5. Doug Kalitta 1,269 394 out 6. Kenny Bernstein 1,177 486 out 7. Cory McClenathan 1,008 655 out 8. Bob Vandergriff Jr. 879 784 out 9. Doug Herbert 807 856 out 10. Dave Grubnic 733 930 out
</pre> Larry Dixon to Meet with Houston Area Drag Race Fans NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon will be in the Dallas area where he will be meeting and signing autographs for local drag racing fans. Below is a tentative schedule for Dixon leading up to the 4th Annual Matco Tools SuperNationals. Please call Faust Distributing for appearance addresses (713-673-5111). <pre> Date & Time Location Wed., 10/25 1:30-2 p.m. LIVE on KILT- AM 690 8-10 p.m. Sam & Dave's, Pelican Junction & The Zone
Thur., 10/26 7-9 p.m. Hooters with KIKK FM
Fri, 10/27 2:30,6:30 p.m. Qualifying sessions #1 & #2
Sat, 10/28 Noon & 4 Qualifying sessions #3 & #4
Sun, 10/29 11:00 a.m. Eliminations begin
TV Times Thur, 10/26 6:00 pm/ET ESPN2 - NHRA Heat
Sun, 10/29 2:00-3:00 pm/ET ESPN2 - Qualifying 9:30 pm-12:30 am/ET ESPN2 - Round & Finals