Dallas: Larry Dixon preview

DIXON EXCITED TO AGAIN HIT THE FAST STRIP AT DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 18, 2006) - Over the past two decades, Larry Dixon has visited the all-concrete quarter mile of the Texas Motorplex on an annual basis serving as both a pit crew member and...

DIXON EXCITED TO AGAIN HIT THE FAST STRIP AT DALLAS

ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 18, 2006) - Over the past two decades, Larry Dixon has visited the all-concrete quarter mile of the Texas Motorplex on an annual basis serving as both a pit crew member and 300-mph Top Fuel driver. On more than one occasion, the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion has experienced a great deal of success at the Dallas-area drag strip.

Dixon visited the Texas Motorplex winner's circle four times as a pit crew member (1987, '89, '91 and '94) before breaking through behind the wheel of his Miller Lite dragster in 2001 - he also qualified No. 1 and recorded low elapsed time of the 2001 event - en route to capturing his 16th career NHRA victory. After watching Mother Nature halt the high speed drag racing action last weekend in Eastern Pennsylvania, the 38-time NHRA winner is looking forward hearing to his 8,000 horsepower Miller Lite/Lucas Oil again dragster roar to life at the 21st annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Sept. 21-24, at Texas Motorplex.

"I'm looking forward to actually racing this weekend," Dixon said. "You get geared up and ready to race and then you just wait around in the rain. That's a bummer for the racers, fans and everyone that's part of the tour. We hope for good weather and that we can get out there and get on the track and get going.

"Dallas has always been good to our race teams. It seems like we went to the winner's circle there a bunch. It's a good track and a fast track. I wish there were more tracks like it on tour."

While serving as a mechanic on his longtime team owner's race cars in the late 80s and early 90s, Dixon saw the Prudhomme-driven flopper and rail conquer the competition at the Motorplex three times. Prudhomme's Funny Car win at Dallas in 1989 was the final of his 35 career victories in a Funny Car, and his 1994 Top Fuel triumph at the Dallas-area track was the 49th and final professional victory of his four-decade long driving career.

"Snake got his last win in a Funny Car and last win in a Top Fuel dragster at Dallas, and I was part of both of them," Dixon said. "The dragster win in 1994 fell on my birthday, so it was a good day. It was the second to last race of his career and he finished No. 2 in the points that year. It was a good way for him to go out. As is the case these days, it's rare for a driver to retire and stay retired. It was cool that he went out on top and he felt comfortable enough that he could stay retired."

Retire is a word not yet established in the Larry Dixon vocabulary. And with another successful weekend at the Billy Meyer-owned facility, the now veteran driver hopes to ensure plenty more visits to the Dallas race with his Prudhomme-owned dragster.

***DIXON DALLAS NHRA NOTES***

Dixon won the Dallas race in 2001. It was the 16th victory of his career. Texas Motorplex is one of 19 active NHRA tracks where the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion has won at least one race. He also raced to runner-up finishes at Texas Motorplex in 1997 (to Joe Amato) and 2000 (to Gary Scelzi).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi