ENNIS, TX (May 23) - It will be like going from one extreme to the other as Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster leave the cold and rain during last weekend's New Jersey race and travel into the 100 plus degree...
ENNIS, TX (May 23) - It will be like going from one extreme to the other as Larry Dixon and the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Dragster leave the cold and rain during last weekend's New Jersey race and travel into the 100 plus degree heat of Texas this weekend for the Fourth Annual Castrol Nationals (May 26-28) at Texas Motorplex.
While the Englishtown, NJ race was rescheduled for early September (8-9), Dixon and the Miller Lite Team were able to salvage a No. 1 qualifying effort and look forward to receiving the much needed Winston Points that come along with the pole when the team returns in the fall. Despite crew chief Dick LaHaie's success in being the only tuner to manage his 6,500 horsepower ride down the track consecutively during the rainy weekend, Dixon does not believe that that performance will serve as any kind of barometer for this weekend's race.
"The conditions we face at every track we go to are so different that it is almost like starting from scratch," said Dixon. "Last weekend the temperature was in the 40s & 50s and now we are going to Dallas where the temperature over the week has been over 100 degrees with 90 percent humidity. That place has the hottest heat index in the country right now. Anything we did last weekend in Englishtown won't apply to this next race at Dallas. I think the conditions we will find this weekend will be similar to four or five years ago during the summer in Topeka where it was over 100 and very humid. They will be very difficult conditions to contend with, but I think that Dick LaHaie will be able to get a handle on things."
<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
Snake Bites The last race that Don "The Snake" Prudhomme won as a driver took place at Texas Motorplex in his Skoal Bandit Dragster in 1994. He also won the top fuel crown in 1991, as well as the funny car title in 1989.
Did You Know... * The Miller Lite Dragster is covering the quarter mile during qualifying and eliminations at an average elapsed time of 4.735 seconds and a speed of 303.74 mph in 47 full passes.
* The Miller Lite Dragster's most consistent stretch of the season was a string of 11 consecutive runs between 4.62 and 4.67 seconds set during the Houston and Richmond events.
* The Miller Lite Dragster's top E.T. of the season was 4.626 seconds during the final round at Richmond.
* The Miller Lite Dragster's top speed of the season was 320.58 mph during the semi-finals at Houston.
* This season the Miller Lite Dragster is running the quarter mile in the 4.60 range 70% of the time, with 33 out of 47 full passes between 4.60-4.69 seconds.
2000 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Point Standings 1. Tony Schumacher 599 2. Gary Scelzi 574 25 out 3. LARRY DIXON 552 47 out 4. Kenny Bernstein 513 86 out 5. Joe Amato 455 144 out 6. Doug Kalitta 394 205 out 7. Cory McClenathan 332 267 out 8. Doug Herbert 329 270 out 9. David Grubnic 264 335 out 10. Don Lampus 262 337 out
NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon will be making several appearances this week throughout 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 Fourth Annual Castrol Nationals:
Date & Time Location Wed, 5/24 6-7 p.m. Hooter's, 2201 N. Lamar, Dallas 7:30-9 p.m. O'Riley's, 8989 Forest Lane, Dallas Thur, 5/25 2-5 p.m. Box Car's, 1 Stop, B&B, My Sister's, HEB, Super One-Ennis, TX Fri, 5/26 4 & 7 p.m. Qualifying sessions #1 & #2 Sat, 5/27 Noon & 4 Qualifying sessions #3 & #4 Sun, 5/28 10:00 a.m. Eliminations begin
The Last Time... Larry Dixon won an NHRA national event... April 30, 2000 Moto1.net Nationals (Richmond, VA)
Dixon reached a final round... April 30, 2000 Moto1.net Nationals (Richmond, VA)
Dixon posted a semi-final finish... May 7, 2000 Southern Nationals (Commerce, GA)
Dixon posted a second round finish... April 9, 2000 Summit racing.com Ntls. (Las Vegas)
Dixon posted a first round finish... Nov. 14, 1999 AAA of So Cal Nationals (Pomona, CA)
Dixon qualified on the pole... May 21, 2000 Matco Tools SuperNationals (Englishtown, NJ)
Dixon won consecutive poles... March 20 - April 24, 1999 - 3 (Gainesville, Houston, Dallas)
Dixon led the Winston Points race... Feb. 1, 1998 - following Winternationals (Pomona, CA)
Dixon won consecutive NHRA events... Once (April 16, 2000-Richmond & April 30, 2000-Houston)
Dixon set an NHRA national record... April 9, 1999 - 4.486 second elapsed time
Dixon ran a career-best speed... June 26, 1999 - 321.96 mph (Madison, IL)
Dixon did not qualify for an NHRA event... Sept. 5, 1999 - U.S. Nationals (Indianapolis, IN)
Dixon & teammate Ron Capps both won same race... Feb. 1, 1998 - Winternationals (Pomona, CA)
Dixon & teammate Ron Capps both reached finals... April 30, 2000 - Moto1.net Nationals (Richmond, VA)
Dixon & teammate Ron Capps both reached semis... May 7, 2000 - Southern Nationals (Commerce, GA)
The Miller Lite Dragster ran a sub 4.5 second E.T...April 9, 1999 - (4.486 secs., Houston, TX)
The Miller Lite Dragster ran a sub 4.6 second E.T...Nov. 13, 1999 - (4.593 secs., Pomona, CA)
The Miller Lite Dragster reached 320 mph speed... April 16, 2000 - (320.58 mph, Houston, TX)