DIXON HOPES SUCCESS IN QUALIFYING LEADS TO SUCCESS ON RACE DAY AT VEGAS LAS VEGAS (April 12, 2005) -- Larry Dixon is arguably the most experienced full-time Top Fuel driver on the NHRA circuit these days. While the two-time NHRA Top Fuel...
DIXON HOPES SUCCESS IN QUALIFYING LEADS TO SUCCESS ON RACE DAY AT VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (April 12, 2005) -- Larry Dixon is arguably the most experienced full-time Top Fuel driver on the NHRA circuit these days. While the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) may be just 38-years-old, he has driven Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite dragster to 35 race wins and 366 round wins in more than 10 seasons in the cockpit of his 7,000 horsepower, 330-mph dragster. As a result, Dixon knows what it takes to win drag races and more importantly what needs to be done to put yourself in a position to be able to compete for race wins and ultimately NHRA titles.
Armed with a talented, veteran race crew, led by champion crew chief Dick LaHaie, Dixon's Miller Lite/Ameriquest team is focused on improving its spot in the qualifying ladder in order to place themselves in the best possible position to win rounds and races.
"The goal is to work on improving our qualifying position," Dixon said. "We want to make full runs in qualifying to acquire that data. The goal of qualifying well is so that you have one of the better cars on that given weekend. If you have one of the better cars, than you have a better chance of winning rounds."
Dixon, a three-time winner at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, eyes a solid qualifying position in hopes of collecting his 36th career NHRA Top Fuel victory when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes the first of two visits to The Strip, April 14-17, for the Sixth annual Summitracing.com Nationals, a race Dixon has won twice in five attempts.
Dixon, who posted a runner-up finish at The Strip last April, powered his Miller Lite/Lucas Oil rail to a career-best performance at the 2005 season-opener in Pomona, Calif. and advanced to the final round at the Gatornationals last month. He enters the spring Las Vegas event just five rounds of competition from his goal of seeing his name atop the Top Fuel points standings. The 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year knows that he'll have to battle the same cast of characters to achieve that goal.
"In my world, you've still got the (Doug and Scott) Kalittas, (Tony) Schumacher and the (Brandon) Bernstein teams," Dixon said. "Throw in Cory Mac (McClenathan) and (Joe) Amato's (Morgan Lucas) team and there you go. It's kind of been the same people for the past four our five years competing for the championship and that hasn't changed this year."
While the competition is fierce, Dixon hopes his seasoned driving skills, combined with a strong LaHaie-tuned race car, leads to a high qualifying finish and a late workday on Sunday afternoon at The Strip.
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