Las Vegas: Larry Dixon preview

* Larry Dixon was the No. 7 qualifier at Houston and defeated Urs Urlacher and Brandon Bernstein before losing to Tony Schumacher in the semifinals. Dixon is currently fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings, but he is...

* Larry Dixon was the No. 7 qualifier at Houston and defeated Urs Urlacher and Brandon Bernstein before losing to Tony Schumacher in the semifinals. Dixon is currently fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings, but he is just 38 points out of first place. Dixon has advanced to at least the semifinals in three of the four races this season including each of the last three events.

* One year ago at the spring Las Vegas event, Dixon was the No. 15 qualifier and lost to Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations. At the fall Las Vegas event, Dixon was the No.4 qualifier and advanced to the semifinals. Dixon has won four times at Las Vegas Motor Speedway including both races in 2002.

* Dixon won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 2002 and '03. He is currently third on the NHRA's all-time Top Fuel winner's list with 43 victories. Joe Amato is in second place with 52 wins; Tony Schumacher tops the list with 56 wins. Dixon is 10th on the NHRA's all-time professional victories list. He trails ninth-place Dave Schultz by two wins. Dixon was the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year.

Dixon prior to Las Vegas:

"All competitors hate to lose, but losing in the semis in that fashion (Holeshot loss to Tony Schumacher at Houston) is obviously disappointing from the driver's standpoint. When you win on a holeshot, you are elated, but when you lose on a holeshot, you go just as far down on the other side. We had car that was capable of winning the race, but didn't get it done. From the driver's standpoint, all you can do is get up, dust yourself off and try not let it happen ever happen again.

"I have been fortunate to win a few races at Las Vegas. You want to be able to win at all of the tracks, and fortunately, I've won at most of them. When you win a race, it creates memories for that particular event, but it also gives you more runs at that track. Every race track has its own personality; you have to negotiate those 1000 feet at every track, and the process can be a little different every time. Having won at Las Vegas a few times is great, but the main advantage is experience at the track...not necessarily winning there. I would think a crew chief would have similar feelings."

-credit: ajaar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Doug Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein