FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 REVITALIZED DIXON SEEKS FIRST TOP FUEL VICTORY OF SEASON AT HOUSTON BAYTOWN, Texas -- Through all the struggles this season, Larry Dixon never had a doubt that his time would return. Dixon, from San Diego, endured a rough first six months of the season in the Miller Lite Dragster owned by NHRA legend Don "The Snake" Prudhomme. Clutch and chassis problems kept him out of the top 10 in the point standings until early May, and he won just six elimination rounds through the first 13 races of the season. That was uncharacteristic performance for Dixon, who finished third and fourth in his first two seasons and was named NHRA Winston Rookie of the Year in 1995. "If this is as bad as it gets, I'll have a great career," Dixon said. "This isn't that bad. We've been through this, working on Snake's car when we struggled. You just have to work through it. "I'm OK, you just have to wait until the car runs better. Now that the car is running better, it's time to go." It also might be time for Dixon to enter the winner's circle for the first time this season at the inaugural, $1,417,000 Matco Tools SuperNationals, Oct. 23-26 at Houston Raceway Park. The race is the 21st event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Two factors have helped Dixon climb to a solid eighth in the NHRA Winston point standings. First, the team brought its old car out of mothballs in early August. Second, Prudhomme hired clutch specialist Bob Brooks in mid-September. Bingo. Dixon made 12 consecutive passes without losing traction during late September and early October and finished runner-up at Memphis. "I think the results speak for themselves," Dixon said. "Now we want to win, so we're standing on the gas the whole way."