Baytown: The Dixon Dispatch

The Dixon Dispatch The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster Larry Dixon credits hard work of Miller Lite Top Fuel crew & chief Dick Lahaie for early success & past record at Houston Raceway Park. BAYTOWN, Tex. (April...

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

Larry Dixon credits hard work of Miller Lite Top Fuel crew & chief Dick Lahaie for early success & past record at Houston Raceway Park.

BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 9) - The beginning of the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series has been a storybook one for Larry Dixon and the Snake Racing/Miller Lite Dragster team. Dixon, team owner Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, and Dick LaHaie each hope the winning pages of this season's story continue to turn as they head back to Houston Raceway Park for this weekend's 15th Annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals (April 12-14).

Dixon and his Miller Time bunch have been almost perfect this season, posting a jaw-dropping 15-1 record in eliminations and winning three out of the first four races of the year. The only flaw keeping them from a perfect season to date was their runner-up finish at Phoenix. The Top Fuel points leader is extremely happy with how this year has begun and is quick to direct accolades to his team and LaHaie.

"I think all the hard work that the team put in over the winter is paying off for us right now," said Dixon. "We had to adapt to new rules, tires, motor and clutch changes. To have the car running as well as it has been has been pretty satisfying for us all. How can I ask for a better start of a season? We are only one round from a perfect start and in my view that is well beyond a great start. We have two new guys on the team this year with Jason (Wright) and Paul (Tucholsky) and our team has great chemistry. Things really flow well for our team and everyone is firing on all cylinders. That really showed during our thrash just before the second round last week in Vegas. We were the last pair to run in the first round, had to fire up three times in-between rounds, and still were the third car out of eight to make it back to the staging lanes before the next round. It just shows how good our guys are and how fast they can get the job done."

Dixon, who became the first pilot under 4.5 seconds at HRP in 1999, is thrilled to return to the Texas track. "It makes me really excited to return to Houston, but I am sure it makes LaHaie a little nervous because of the past success we have had there and the pressure to keep it up. We have a lot of data from that track and a lot of good runs there under our belt. We just need to go in, see what the weather is like, adapt to it and hope for the best. All of our hard work is showing so far and hopefully we can see it continue again this weekend."

Larry Dixon's Quote of the Week

"I am glad he is motivated!" Dixon's response to Kenny Bernstein's quote that he would "...beat that Dixon kid just to prove I can beat him, and then I am going to retire." - as it appeared in the Los Angeles Times (April 5, 2002).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Dick LaHaie