The Dixon Dispatch Weekly release of 2002 NHRA POWERade Champ Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster ENGLISHTOWN, NJ. (May 13)- The 2002 NHRA POWERade defending champion, Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite team are headed for the Englishtown...
The Dixon Dispatch
Weekly release of 2002 NHRA POWERade Champ Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Dragster
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ. (May 13)- The 2002 NHRA POWERade defending champion, Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite team are headed for the Englishtown (NJ) hotbed of racing for the 34th annual K & N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park, May 15-18th. Coming off a second consecutive Southern Nationals win in Atlanta, Dixon hopes to keep his winning ways up to date.
Still in the early part of the 2003 POWERade Series, Dixon owns three titles (Pomona, Las Vegas, Atlanta), just two behind where he stood last year. But Dixon and the Miller Lite Dragster would like nothing more than to make it four by racking up another Englishtown title, nine years later from the last, won in 1995.
His career track record at Raceway Park includes the 1995 win, reaching the finals in 2002, a runner-up finish in 1996 and three semifinal efforts (1998, 2000, 2001). During qualifying he has recorded three "poles," a 2nd, two 3rds, a 5th, and 6th qualifying result, not to mention the track speed record held at 326.48 mph (May 2002).
At the last 2003 NHRA POWERade Series stop in Atlanta, Dixon took home the SouthernNationals title for the second straight year with a 4.569 second ET at 323.89 mph, defeating Darrell Russell's 9.884/107.52, and in the process, regained the points lead.
"I know nobody will believe me," Dixon says, "but I don't really care about the points." And to back up his claim, he recalls a time sixteen years ago.
"LaHaie, when he won his championship in 87', he never lead the points until the semifinal round of the final race of the year. Never. He never led it. But that's the time to lead it, right then. That's what I try and think about. It doesn't matter where you make em', just so long as you have em' at the end of the year.
The Miller Lite Don Prudhomme Dragster holds 28 career victories and has taken 50 trips to the finals (28 wins and 23 losses). Dixon is currently ranked No.4 all time with 28 Top Fuel wins, is No.1 among active Top Fuel Pilots and sits No.14 on the NHRA's all time win list. He has two No.2 qualifying efforts (Las Vegas, Bristol), three third place notches (Pomona, Gainesville, Houston) and has qualified no worse than fifth this season (Phoenix, Atlanta). It's a long list of accomplishments, but not without an equal number of challenges.
"Everything that's happened in the last month with our team, a lot of ups and downs, and to be able to come back (Bristol crash), it's a great car," said Dixon.
Behind every great car is great driver. Standing beside every great driver is a brilliant crew chief. Aside the driver and crew chief is an exceptional crew. So you see, it's much more than just "a great car," it's a remarkable team that has carried itself along the ups and downs, showing no sign of letting up on the long road ahead.