Atlanta: Dixon Dispatch - Southern Nationals

The Dixon Dispatch The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster With four wins in first six races, Larry Dixon looks for second career win at Atlanta's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. COMMERCE, Ga. (April 29)...

The Dixon Dispatch
The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster

With four wins in first six races, Larry Dixon looks for second career win at Atlanta's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals.

COMMERCE, Ga. (April 29) - NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon came to Georgia last year with the points lead for the first time in over three years, holding a slim 16-marker edge over Mike Dunn. Dixon and Don Prudhomme Racing's Miller Lite Dragster return to this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals (May 2-5) in similar fashion in terms of owning the top spot in the points chase, however they are off to a much more spectacular start this season in comparison to their career-best, runner-up finish in 2001.

At this same point last season, Dixon had reached two final rounds (Houston & Gainesville), including one race win at the Mac Tools Gatornationals, to help amass 476 total points. The 2002 campaign has seen Dixon reach five finals out of the first six events, qualify on the pole four times, and record four national event victories to earn an average of over 100 points (100.67) per race weekend. Dixon is well aware of how unique the start to his eighth professional season behind the wheel has been.

"I am very thankful and very happy every time you go into a race and you run well and you are able to win," said Dixon. "I haven't been driving as long as some other people, but have been driving long enough to know that this kind of streak doesn't come around every week unless you're (11-time NHRA Funny Car Champ) John Force. So, I am enjoying the moment and trying to work hard as much as I can to keep it going."

For him personally, Dixon doesn't differentiate this year's early success from the mid-season push his team made last year when they won four out of five final rounds in the last 12 races. "My approach isn't much different than how we were going at it last year for the last half of the season. This kind of seems like a continuation of last season, only our car is running a little bit better."

And while Dixon's name has been the one in the headlines for the majority of team owner Prudhomme's 40th Anniversary season, he is sure to give credit to LaHaie and his eight-man Miller Lite pit crew.

"I think the biggest difference is in the hard work that the team put in over the winter to improve on our weak areas and keep our strong areas strong. The team had a game plan and it really seems to be going well right now."

- www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Mike Dunn , John Force , Don Prudhomme