Sonoma: Larry Dixon preview

DIXON HOPES CONSISTENCY LEADS TO ROUND WINS AT SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. (July 26, 2005) -- Larry Dixon knows that his Miller Lite dragster is a strong race car. Last weekend, near Seattle, the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion blistered both the...

DIXON HOPES CONSISTENCY LEADS TO ROUND WINS AT SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. (July 26, 2005) -- Larry Dixon knows that his Miller Lite dragster is a strong race car. Last weekend, near Seattle, the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion blistered both the Pacific Raceways ! track elapsed time and speed records (4.490 seconds at 331.36 mph) during qualifying. With two race wins in four final round appearances, three low qualifying awards and a career best E.T. (4.481 seconds) to his credit this season, the Miller Lite dragster has proven to be as strong as any car in drag racing's elite category, Top Fuel.

Now, the 37-time NHRA winner is looking for is a touch of consistency as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series completes the three-week 'Western Swing' when America's No. 2 motor sport makes its annual summer visit to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma for the 18th annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals. Dixon scored the win at the Sonoma race two seasons ago when the Miller Lite team swept the Western Swing.

"We have a really good running car," Dixon said. "The car has been both quick and fast, now we just need to continue to work on our consistency from day to night conditions. We've got some work to do, but I still think we've got a great car that's capable of winning each week, and that excites me."

Winning is something that Dixon and Co. have become accustomed to the past few seasons. Dixon, Top Fuel racing's winningest active driver, is eyeing a third NHRA championship in four seasons, which would rank him among the elite driver's in the sports history. If there's any place Dixon would like to begin his charge to the top of the points standings, he feels his native California is a great place to start.

"I always look forward to returning to California," Dixon said. "I'll have a lot of family and friends at the Sonoma race and I hope we can put on a good show for them."

Dixon Does Sonoma...

What do you like most about Infineon Raceway?

I love what Bruton Smith has done with the track. It makes you wish that he owned more tracks or even the series.

What is your favorite Sonoma-area restaurant?

Scoma's at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. We've been going there every year since we started running the Sonoma race back in the late 1980s.

When you hear 'Infineon Raceway' the first thing that comes to mind is?

That it's in California and that means that I'm back home.

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