Richmond: Larry Dixon Saturday rain notes

DIXON MUST WAIT ANOTHER WEEK TO DEFEND VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK TOP FUEL WIN RICHMOND, Va., (Oct. 7, 2006) -- They traveled to Richmond. They even had their traditional pre-race party with Kozak Beverages. But Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite ...

DIXON MUST WAIT ANOTHER WEEK TO DEFEND VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK TOP FUEL WIN

RICHMOND, Va., (Oct. 7, 2006) -- They traveled to Richmond. They even had their traditional pre-race party with Kozak Beverages. But Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Racing team will have to wait another week to try and defend their Top Fuel title at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Rain conquered the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals, forcing NHRA officials to postpone the event until next weekend. The schedule will remain the same and qualifying is scheduled to start Friday.

"I think it's the best move possible considering the conditions," Dixon said. "We lost qualifying on Friday and that doesn't help the racers and it isn't a good show for the fans. Teams are fighting for championships and point positions so this was a good decision."

This was an especially good move, Dixon said, because it has been so long since the teams have raced in Richmond. The last time the NHRA raced there was in 2000 and Dixon beat Kenny Bernstein in the final.

"This was the first time we are racing back in Richmond and our goal is to put on a good show for all the fans that have come back out to support us," Dixon said. "Hopefully next weekend we will have good weather and we can do that. Everyone loses a weekend off that we had scheduled next weekend but it will be worth it if we have good weather and we come out and win the race."

Dixon -- a 38-time NHRA event winner behind the wheel of the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite dragster -- earned his first career No. 1 qualifying award in Richmond during his rookie season in 1995. He also has a runner-up finish there from 1999.

The qualifying schedule for the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va., will remain the same. Qualifying starts Friday with sessions at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m., continuing Saturday at 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are slated for 11 a.m. on Sunday. All the action can be seen on ESPN2, and the times and dates will be announced soon.

-credit: snake racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Don Prudhomme