Pomona: Larry Dixon preview

* Larry Dixon finished second in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings just two points out of the championship in the inaugural season for Al-Anabi Racing. It was Dixon's second consecutive second-place finish in the final season ...

* Larry Dixon finished second in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings just two points out of the championship in the inaugural season for Al-Anabi Racing. It was Dixon's second consecutive second-place finish in the final season standings.

* Dixon is a four-time winner at Auto Club Raceway having visited victory circle there in 2008 (Pomona 2), '03, '02 and 1998 (all Pomona 1). Last year, he did not qualify for the season-opening race when the field was set after only one round of qualifying because of bad weather. He was the No. 2 qualifier but was eliminated in the second round of eliminations at the NHRA Finals last November.

* Dixon won five races last season: Gainesville, Fla., Topeka, Kan., Englishtown, N.J., Norwalk, Ohio and Reading, Pa.

* Dixon was the No. 1 qualifier nine times last season including five of the six races in the Countdown to 1 NHRA Playoffs; he has never won more poles in a season in his career. Dixon was the No. 1 qualifier more than any other driver in Top Fuel or Funny Car last year. He was the No. 1 qualifier seven times in 2002. Dixon has been the No. 1 qualifier 40 times in his career.

* The Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster has a new paint scheme for the 2010 season. The familiar maroon, black and gold from last year's dragster has been replaced with a maroon paint scheme with silver, black and gold accents. The Al-Anabi Racing team transporters reflect a similar pattern. In addition, the words Al-Anabi Racing are now displayed inside an oval.

* 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 48 victories. Joe Amato is in second place with 52 wins; Tony Schumacher tops the list with 61 wins. Dixon is tied with Jeg Coughlin for ninth place on the NHRA's all-time career victories list; they trail eighth-place Don Prudhomme by one win. Dixon was the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year.

Dixon prior to Pomona:

"I've been looking forward to going to Pomona since the Wednesday after the last Pomona race. I think our whole Al-Anabi team has. Fortunately for us, I think the winter let us work on refining the package we finished the year with; we want to be a little better than we were when we finished last season. Last winter was all about getting our Al-Anabi team put together just to get out on the track to start the season. We hoped what we brought was good enough, but it wasn't; so we spent the winter trying to make our team better, and now we get to find out if we are any better than we were last season.

"Instead of scrambling to get a team put together, we had the opportunity to spend this past off season refining, and that's very positive. It's cool to have a great team and have the opportunity to improve what we had. I'm looking forward to getting onto the racetrack Thursday to see how we match up. All of the other teams have been doing the same so I'm looking forward to things getting started so we can start racing and get an idea what the season holds for everyone.

"The 50th Winternationals is a special event, and NHRA has a lot of things planned for this race. From what I understand, they have cars from all 50 years of this event, and that's exciting. My dad won that race in 1970, and it's one of what I consider a major. I've been fortunate enough to have won it in the past, and I'm proud of those three wins (1998, 2002, '03). The 50th Winternationals is a big deal, and we're going to do everything we can to put our Al-Anabi Racing dragster in the winner's circle."

-source: ajaar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Don Prudhomme