Denver: Dixon ready!

DENVER (July 11) - This weekend's Mopar Mile High Nationals is a vital part of the 2000 season for Larry Dixon. "Denver is a very important race to kick off the west coast swing, as well as the second half of the season," said...

DENVER (July 11) - This weekend's Mopar Mile High Nationals is a vital part of the 2000 season for Larry Dixon. "Denver is a very important race to kick off the west coast swing, as well as the second half of the season," said Dixon. "Because it is so difficult to get a good tune up and be successful at that race, the team that wins in Denver will leave with a lot of confidence and will feel they have a mental advantage over the other teams heading into Seattle." "I am really excited about this week's race," admitted Dixon. "I really love that track and the facility, I just wish I would have been able to have done better there in the past, but that's part of racing. I always look forward to this race, but even more so this year. I think we have a good car, great team and (crew chief) Dick LaHaie has an understanding for getting his cars down high altitude tracks. Therefore, when it comes time to race on Sunday, I think we will really have something for the competition. And we need to because Gary Scelzi and (team owner/crew chief) Alan Johnson have always done well at Denver in the past and in order for us to be considered as real contenders for the title, we have to do well in Denver." Dixon is also happy to see the return of a normal points meet this week following a disappointing Winston Showdown last weekend in Bristol. "What disappointed me most was the fact that Bristol was a one lane track," said Dixon. "I wish that both lanes were equal in their preparation-it would have made a better show for the fans. I think out of 23 rounds of racing, maybe only 7 or 8 wins came from the right lane. We never got down the right lane all weekend long, with all of our full runs coming in the left lane. Also, we wound up the No. 6 qualifier and somehow had to run in the first pair and didn't get lane choice either. I am still puzzled about that. I think we had a car that we could have done something with, but overall I think all the dragster guys did a good job compared to last year." "It is a very difficult thing to do hearing a funny car making 6,000 horsepower and having to wait for your lights to come on. It is a real tough deal, but all of the dragster guys got their act together and even though I was glad to see (Snake Racing funny car teammate) Ron Capps in the final, I was glad the dragsters won. I think the final tally was 2 to 1 over the funny cars, and that's how it should be."

<pre> Larry Dixon's Career Results in Denver

Year    Event                   Qual.           Finish & Winning Driver
1995    Mile High Nationals     No. 4           Second round- S. Kalitta
1996    Mile High Nationals     No. 3           Semifinals-E. Hill
1997    Mile High Nationals     No. 8           First round-G. Scelzi
1998    Mile High Nationals     No. 9           First round-M. Dunn
1999    Mile High Nationals     No. 5           Semifinals-J. Amato

2000 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Point Standings 1. Gary Scelzi 991 2. Tony Schumacher 896 95 out 3. LARRY DIXON 864 127 out 4. Kenny Bernstein 772 219 out 5. Joe Amato 699 292 out 6. Doug Kalitta 553 438 out 7. Cory McClenathan 538 453 out 8. Doug Herbert 492 499 out 9. David Grubnic 413 578 out 10. Don Lampus 410 581 out

Larry Dixon to Meet with Denver Area Drag Race Fans NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon will be making appearances this week throughout the Denver area where he will be meeting and signing autographs for local drag racing fans. Below is a tentative schedule for Dixon leading to the Mile High Nationals:

Date & Time Location Thur, 7/13 7-9 p.m. Rom's Saloon, 785 W. Mississippi Ave, Denver (303-778-9976)

Fri, 7/14   8-9 a.m.    LIVE interview, KWGN Ch. 2 UPN  
            4 & 8 p.m.  Qualifying sessions #1 & #2

Sat, 7/15 Noon & 4 Qualifying sessions #3 & #4

Sun, 7/16 11:00 a.m. Eliminations begin

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic , Cory McClenathan , Dick LaHaie , Don Lampus