DALLAS (Oct. 16) - Just 12 days after his bone-chilling accident during the final round at Memphis, it is back to the grindstone for NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster this weekend at the...
DALLAS (Oct. 16) - Just 12 days after his bone-chilling accident during the final round at Memphis, it is back to the grindstone for NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster this weekend at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals (Oct. 19-22) at Texas Motorplex. After staying at a Memphis hospital overnight for tests and observation the night of his accident (Oct. 8), Dixon retuned home to Indianapolis where he needed only outpatient surgery (Oct. 11) to insert a small pin in his fibula. The next day Dixon was back at Snake Racing's Indy race shop getting his 6,000 horsepower ride up to spec for this weekend's contest and his never-ending pursuit of another NHRA national event win. "There really wasn't a whole lot of work that needed to be done on the car," said Dixon. "We carry a spare car with us at all times and with just 45 minutes notice we can be ready to run. So having to get the car ready for this week wasn't bad at all. As far as the old car goes, it was basically beyond repair, so we just threw it away. I spent some time putting the 2001 paint scheme on the new car, but other than that, it was pretty much race ready and didn't require a lot of work from the guys."
While Dixon won't know exactly what caused his chassis to fail in Memphis until later this week, he does know it was not because of too many trips down the quarter mile. "Basically, the front end collapsed," he said. "There really is no standard for how many runs you can get out of a single car. We used the same car for over 200 runs from 1998 through 1999. The one in Memphis had under 150 runs, so it didn't have a hard life. It was just a matter of circumstances that caused that accident."
<pre> Dixon's Career Results in Dallas Year Event Qual. Finish & Winning Driver 1995 Chief Auto Ntls. No. 7 Second Round-S. Kalitta 1996 Chief Auto Ntls. No. 9 Second Round-K. Bernstein 1997 Lone Star Ntls. No. 2 Runner-up-J. Amato 1997 Revell Ntls. No. 9 2nd Round-C. McClenathan 1998 Lone Star Ntls. No. 12 First round-M. Dunn 1998 Revell Ntls. No. 3 Semifinals-M. Dunn 1999 Castrol Ntls. No. 1 First round-A. Hartley 1999 O'Reilly Fall Ntls. No. 8 Second Round-S. Kalitta 2000 Castrol Ntls. No. 6 Runner-up-G. Scelzi
2000 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Point Standings 1. Gary Scelzi 1,663 - - - 2. Tony Schumacher 1,537 126 out 3. LARRY DIXON 1,440 223 out 4. Joe Amato 1,281 382 out 5. Doug Kalitta 1,269 394 out 6. Kenny Bernstein 1,177 486 out 7. Cory McClenathan 1,008 655 out 8. Bob Vandergriff Jr. 879 784 out 9. Doug Herbert 807 856 out 10. Dave Grubnic 733 930 out
Larry Dixon to Meet with Dallas Area Drag Race Fans NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon will be in the Dallas area where he will be meeting and signing autographs for local drag racing fans. Below is a tentative schedule for Dixon leading up to the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals:
Date & Time Location Tue., 10/17 2 p.m. CT NHRA Media Conference Call, (888) 397-9902, code-NHRA Wed., 10/18 7-8:35 p.m. Dave & Busters, Stemmons FWY at Walnut Hill, (214) 353-0620 Fri, 10/20 3 & 7 p.m. Qualifying sessions #1 & #2 Sat, 10/21 Noon & 4 Qualifying sessions #3 & #4 7-8:15 p.m. Miller retailer party-Dallas Stars game vs. LA Kings Sun, 10/22 11:00 a.m. Eliminations begin
TV Times Thur, 10/19 6:00 PM/ET ESPN2 - NHRA Heat Sun, 10/22 1:30-3:30 PM/ET ESPN2 - First round 6:00-8:00 PM/ET ESPN2 - Semis & finals