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Dixons Wins All-Toyota Top Fuel Final In Spring Nationals TORRANCE, Calif., hApril 11, 2010) -- Larry Dixon edged fellow Toyota driver Anton Brown as the two finished off a dominating weekend to win the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway...

Dixons Wins All-Toyota Top Fuel Final In Spring Nationals

TORRANCE, Calif., hApril 11, 2010) -- Larry Dixon edged fellow Toyota driver Anton Brown as the two finished off a dominating weekend to win the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park Sunday. With the victory, Dixon became just the third driver in NHRA history to win 50 Top Fuel events.

Dixon and Brown combined to lead each of the weekend's four qualifying sessions, culminating in the duo running the fastest side-by-side run in history in Saturday's final run, each running in the 3.77s with Dixon's Al-Anabi Racing/Toyota dragster coming out on top.

In the eliminations, Dixon knocked off Del Cox, David Grubnic and Cory McClenathan, while Brown defeated Spencer Massey and then vanquished fellow Toyota-sponsored drivers Shawn Langdon in the quarter-finals and Morgan Lucas in the semi's to set up the final.

While the race didn't register record numbers for speed like Saturday's run, it surely didn't lack for excitement. Both cars had troubles in the final and it appeared Brown had his first win of the season before Dixon closed and passed Brown's Matco Tools/Toyota dragster at the finish line with his engine on fire to win 4.541 to 4.638.JWhile Dixon and Brown stole most of the headlines, it was a solid weekend for all six Toyota-sponsored cars in the field as each advanced past the first round.JAlthough Langdon fell to Brown in the second round, teammate Lucas advanced to the semi-finals for the second time in the last three races.

It also marked the fourth time in five races this season that the Morgan Lucas Racing team earned a semi-final berth.

In Funny Car competition, Del Worsham had his strongest showing of the year, advancing to the semi-finals in his Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Camry Solara before falling. Cruz Pedregon won his first-round match-up before being eliminated in round two in his Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry Solara. The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to Las Vegas next weekend for the Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 16-18.


- Larry Dixon's victory is the 50th Top Fuel win of his career.

He's just the third driver in NHRA to accomplish that feat. It's his second of the season after winning the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. He won five races last season: Gainesville, Topeka, Englishtown, Norwalk and Reading.

- In addition to winning both the race and the pole, Larry Dixon scored the fastest ET (3.772), reaction time (.008) and speed (323.19) of the weekend.

- Antron Brown's runner-up finish marked his third consecutive finals appearance and is the 52nd of his career with 19 of those coming in Top Fuel competition. He also was in the finals at Gainesville and Charlotte.

- All six Toyota-sponsored cars advanced to at least the second round today, with five of the six earning lane choice on the strength of their first-round victories. In addition, Toyota drivers claimed three of the four semi-final spots in Top Fuel action.

- With today's victory, Larry Dixon climbs into second-place in the Top Fuel point standings, while Antron Brown moved into fourth. With Shawn Langdon currently in sixth and Morgan Lucas in seventh, all four Toyota-sponsored drivers are on pace to qualify for the NHRA's Countdown playoffs.

2010 Wins: Larry Dixon, Pomona; Larry Dixon, Houston 2010 Poles: Antron Brown, Gainesville; Larry Dixon, Houston


Morgan Lucas, GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: ""Some times it's better to be lucky than good. At least we kept Antron honest getting it down that right lane. We're going through a process of elimination, trying to find a way to make the tuning window a little bigger. We made some changes in the bell housing and they seem to be working. We may have gotten onto it a little late this weekend but we think we know what to do moving forward."

Shawn Langdon, Lucas Oil/Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "No one won in that right lane. When you're racing Antron you have to bring it and we just had too much for the track to hold. We didn't want to be there for the taking but we didn't want to give it away either. You take what you can out of this race. We're learning things every time we go down the track so we'll take this car to Vegas and see what we can do there to go more rounds. We were No. 1 qualifier in Vegas last year so we know how to go fast there."

Cruz Pedregon, Snap-On Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car: "We're not quite back yet, but it's good to win a round. We still need a few more runs to get the Snap-On Toyota where we want it."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Del Worsham , David Grubnic , Cruz Pedregon , Morgan Lucas , Shawn Langdon , Spencer Massey