Joliet: Toyota Motorsports final report

DIXON STARS IN THE LATE SHOW, WINS CHICAGO NHRA JOLIET, Ill. hJune 6, 2010) -- Rain pushed the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series into the evening hours, but it couldn't stop Larry Dixon's dominance as he won his fifth race of the season at...

DIXON STARS IN THE LATE SHOW, WINS CHICAGO NHRA

JOLIET, Ill. hJune 6, 2010) -- Rain pushed the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series into the evening hours, but it couldn't stop Larry Dixon's dominance as he won his fifth race of the season at the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway Sunday.

Dixon registered a blistering 3.773-second pass, just .002 seconds off the all-time record at 1000 feet , as he defeated Tony Schumacher under the lights Sunday night. It was Dixon's fourth win in his last six races as he's compiled a 20-2 record in elimination runs during that span. In addition, it marked the sixth consecutive race that he's advanced to the semi-final round or better.

The night skies were kind to Dixon earlier in the weekend as well, as he ran the fastest qualifying time on Friday night as the clock passed 11 p.m. due to earlier rains.JDixon defeated fellow Toyota-sponsored Top Fueler Antron Brown in a thrilling second-round match-up Sunday with Dixon running the low ET of the round to narrowly win 3.830 to 3.839. It was the second consecutive race that Dixon matched up with Brown on the way to the semi-finals. Shawn Langdon also had a solid weekend in the Top Fuel ranks, but unfortunately luck wasn't on his side. He was eliminated in the opening round, despite a 3.87 run, after his parachute released early.

Until that point, he was on pace for a 3.82-second pass. Things didn't go any better for teammate Morgan Lucas, who also fell in the first round. Lucas also ran a sub four-second pass, which would have been good enough to win three of the eight first-round contests. In Funny Car competition, Del Worsham fell in the first round to Tim Wilkerson, while Cruz Pedregon did not qualify.

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to Englishtown, New Jersey, next week for the second of four consecutive race weekends with the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, June 11-13.

Larry Dixon's victory showing marked his fifth win of the season and the 53rd of his career, moving him into sole possession of second place on the all-time Top Fuel win list. It also marked his eighth semi-final or better appearance in 10 races this season. He also stretched his lead in the Top Fuel title chase to 135 points.

Larry Dixon, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "It's a huge win for the whole Al-Anabi Racing team. It was a long day, but not as long as Friday. It makes it tough because you're walking on eggshells all day, but I was definitely happy we were able to get it in tonight. (On racing at night) I grew up with night racing, watching my father race in Orange County. I wish we raced all the way through the summer on Saturday nights."

Antron Brown, Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: (On losing despite running a 3.839 -- one of the fast times of the weekend) "We would have liked to be on the other end, but it is what it is. We just need to keep working and getting better. We've been in the wrong spot at the wrong time lately, but sometimes you need to create your own luck. We feel everything is coming together, though. We just need to stay consistent. We're starting to break through. I honestly feel that we're going to peak at just the right time."

Morgan Lucas, GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "You are never going to have a perfect situation. My teammate Shawn Langdon is running really well right now. Obviously we're going to try and learn some things from them. We've had a good car in the past and they've learned from us. It goes both ways. That's why we're a team. This sport is not easy and it's humbling. We've been on a humbling stretch." JShawn Langdon, Lucas Oil/Speedco Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "We had a great run going, but we just had some bad luck with the parachute. I think we might have had low ET of the round. We could sit here and say woulda, shoulda, coulda or we focus on the positive and get ready to go to New Jersey. The good thing is that we've found a great tune-up and the car keeps getting better every week. We feel strongly that we can go and contend next week."

Del Worsham, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Camry Solara: "The Al-Anabi Toyota made some good progress last race, but we did not improve this weekend. The good news is that we're starting a stretch of seven races in eight weeks and four straight so we get to get back up on our horse next weekend in New Jersey. Like I've been saying all season, our Al-Anabi team is working as hard as we can to get ourselves straightened out, and we'll stay with it until we are successful."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Del Worsham , Tony Schumacher , Cruz Pedregon , Morgan Lucas , Shawn Langdon