Las Vegas II: Larry Dixon preview

Larry Dixon looks for second sweep in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nevada. (Oct.20) -- NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and his Snake Racing/Miller Lite team have won the 2003 NHRA POWERade championship title and would like to add a fourth ...

Larry Dixon looks for second sweep in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada. (Oct.20) -- NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and his Snake Racing/Miller Lite team have won the 2003 NHRA POWERade championship title and would like to add a fourth straight win in Las Vegas. The Don Prudhomme-owned team is eager to revisit The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway site of this weekend's ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals (Oct. 24-26th).

The Strip has been the site of much success for Dixon and the Snake Racing team. "I'm excited to go back there," said Dixon. With a win earlier this year, double victories in 2002 and setting the previous national speed record of 332.75 mph, Las Vegas has been great to the Miller Lite team. Last year, Dixon swept both Las Vegas races and clenched the 2002 championship title and if Lady Luck accompanies Dixon to the winners circle this weekend, he will become the first driver to sweep double event races two years straight.

Even with the championship battle over, Dixon's focus remains the same. "We're still trying to fight to be on top, that never changes. We go into every race hoping to do well, hoping to win it. That's what we tried to do at the Winternationals and I don't think LaHaie's game plan or anyone else's has changed."

If the Miller Lite/Mac Tools dragster can advance to the second round of eliminations, Dixon will reach his season-long goal of 60 round wins. If he drives to the final round, not only will the Snake Racing driver tie his own record of most final rounds in a single season (14 -2002), he will also break the Top Fuel National Event Season Round-win record of 61 held by Kenny Bernstein (2001).

"When I have a resume like John Force's, that's when I'll look back and realize the road was worth it," said Dixon who if all goes according to plan can break Force's all-time National Event Season round-win record of 65 (1996), if he drives eight rounds in Las Vegas and Pomona. Still leaving Dixon a long way from Force's 109 career victories.

The win at the Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas earlier this year was a perfect birthday present for team owner Don "The Snake" Prudhomme. Five months later and celebrating his own 37th birthday (Oct. 23), Dixon can wrap his own gift with a fourth straight win in Las Vegas. But tops on his birthday wish list, "To spend an evening with my family, that would be my ideal gift."

The ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals begins Friday with qualifying sessions at 3:30 and 6:30 PM and on Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 PM. Final elimination rounds begin on Sunday with an 11:00 AM start.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , John Force , Don Prudhomme