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The Dixon Dispatch The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster NHRA Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon leads busy lifestyle both on and off the drag strip. Joliet, IL (May 29) - Although he enjoys nearly a two-race lead...

The Dixon Dispatch
The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster

NHRA Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon leads busy lifestyle both on and off the drag strip.

Joliet, IL (May 29) - Although he enjoys nearly a two-race lead (187) in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points race, Larry Dixon still feels the pressure to put the Snake Racing/Miller Lite Dragster in the winner's circle each week if he is going to achieve his goal of winning his first ever world championship in 2002.

Coming off a pressure-packed, runner-up finish in last season's points hunt, Dixon has rebounded to take charge this year with eight final round appearances in nine races and has enjoyed the top spot in the standings since the season opened in Pomona, CA with his first win. Dating back to the Brainerd, MN national event last year, Dixon has reached 12 finals in the last 17 races, making for a hectic, stress-filled schedule both on and off the quarter mile drag strip. Performing at such a high level both in the car, and on behalf of his sponsor Miller Lite at various personal appearances, leaves little time for Dixon to focus on other things.

How does the championship hopeful take advantage of his free time when he is not "on the clock?"

"I try to do the things that most other people do each day like paying bills and taking care of things around the house," said Dixon. "But that isn't always easy because I am not home very much. My family has logged over 10,000 miles on our motor home already this year, so I don't really have all that much free time."

"Having a year and a half old son and planning for another child on the way later this year also takes up a lot of our time." No matter how busy Dixon gets, just like the average Joe, he needs to find some "me" time. Dixon chooses to spend his precious few moments following other major sports series as they are coming to a close during their own pressure-filled playoff season. "I try to see as many of the NHL and NBA playoff games as I can. It's not always easy but I like to watch and see how the games are going, especially the Detroit Red Wings and the L.A. Lakers."

Qualifying
Fri, 5/31 500-800p sessions 1 & 2
Sat, 6/1 1215-315p sessions 3 & 4

Eliminations
Sun, 6/2
1000a Pre-race ceremonies
1100a First round begins

NHRA on Television This Week
Date & Time (ET) Network Coverage
June 1, 930-1130p ESPN 2 Qualifying
June 2, 1100-1130a ESPN 2 NHRA 2 Day
June 2, 800-1000p ESPN 2 Eliminations
June 7, 230-430p ESPN 2 Eliminations (r)

- www.snakeracing.com

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