Dixon, Pedregon Give Toyota NHRA Nitro Sweep At Reading TORRANCE, Calif. (October 10, 2010) -- Larry Dixon won a pedal-fest to capture the Top Fuel victory, while Cruz Pedregon earned his second win in the last three Funny Car races to give ...
Dixon, Pedregon Give Toyota NHRA Nitro Sweep At Reading
TORRANCE, Calif. (October 10, 2010) -- Larry Dixon won a pedal-fest to capture the Top Fuel victory, while Cruz Pedregon earned his second win in the last three Funny Car races to give Toyota-sponsored cars a sweep of the NHRA Nitro classes at the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., Sunday.
Dixon's streak of 11 consecutive finals victories appeared to be in jeopardy as he suffered tire shake at the light, but he regrouped and as Cory McClenathan's tires also became loose further down the track, Dixon captured the moment, driving by his opponent and collecting his 12th victory of the 2010 season.
Pedregon's victory over Matt Hagan in the finals might not have been as exciting as Dixon's, but the two-time Funny Car champion did survive a thrilling semi-final showdown with fellow Toyota Camry Solara driver Del Worsham, as he edged the Al-Anabi Racing driver by just .006 seconds. The win continued Pedregon's scorching late-season run as he's now earned the second-highest number of points in the four Countdown to the Championship playoff events in his Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry Solara.
Worsham wasn't the only Toyota driver to suffer a heart-breaking loss in the semi-finals, as Antron Brown fell by just .009 seconds to McClenathan in the semi-finals after previously defeating Tony Schumacher in the second-round.JShawn Langdon won his opening round before being eliminated by McClenathan, while teammate Morgan Lucas lost in the first round to round out the Toyota Top Fuel contingent.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is off the next two weekends before the penultimate round of the Countdown takes place at the Las Vegas Nationals on Halloween weekend, Oct. 29-31, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Cruz Pedregon, Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car: "I can't believe it. It's kind of surreal to win these races. On Friday we were a mess, doing the things we were doing earlier in the year, but we got things together on Saturday and made two great runs. Other than the first-round today, our Snap-On Toyota was flawless. We're not in the championship, but it feels awfully good to win races."
Larry Dixon, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "All I got was a gold man (the Wally Trophy presented to the winner), not the championship. But it was huge. You're racing the number two guy in points and you could tighten it right up or spread it out. (In the final) I blew the tires off right at the start and I'm thinking I'm done. Then I saw his tires start to get loose and I thought, maybe I can catch him. Our car just hooked up. I had such a run on him and I blew by him so fast. When I saw the win light come on, I was laughing and couldn't believe it all at the same time because that's a race you shouldn't win, and I just won."
Shawn Langdon, Lucas Oil/Speedco Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "We're going rounds every race and that's a good thing. We didn't gain any ground, but we didn't lose any so our goal of getting into the top five is right in front of us. It'll be nice to have a little break before the final two races. I think we all need it."
-source: toyota motorsports