Englishtown: Larry Dixon preview

DIXON EYES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE FATHER'S DAY VICTORY AT HISTORIC RACEWAY PARK ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13, 2005) - Larry Dixon prides himself on being a historian of the sport of drag racing. The two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) has spent...

DIXON EYES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE FATHER'S DAY VICTORY AT HISTORIC RACEWAY PARK

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13, 2005) - Larry Dixon prides himself on being a historian of the sport of drag racing. The two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) has spent his entire life around quarter mile racing. From his early years touring the country with his father, Larry Sr., to his days working on Don Prudhomme's race cars to his current status as Top Fuel racing's winningest active driver, Dixon has a passion for drag racing.

If there's one thing Dixon cherishes more than racing, it's his family. Dixon's son, Donovan, was born in November 2000. His first race as a dad was June 17, 2001, at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio where he defeated Darrell Russell in the final round. Now the father of two, Dixon looks to earn his fifth consecutive Father's Day victory when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series competes at storied Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

"It's cool having your family there when you race," Dixon said. "I would think being a dad on Father's Day makes it a great day, but to be racing on Father's Day and eventually winning, for someone that races, I don't know how it could be any better than sharing the winner's circle with your family.

"I can't tell you what it's like not to win because that hasn't happened since I've been a dad. If we keep the tradition up, I wouldn't mind moving the St. Louis race to Father's Day so we can try and get that win under our belts."

The 36-time NHRA winner is the defending champion of the E-Town race and has advanced to the final round at the New Jersey track the past three seasons. In 10 tries at Raceway Park, Dixon has been to the money round five times. With that kind of past success, it's hard to not get excited if your name is Larry Dixon and you drive Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite dragster.

"You just go in there and if the cards are in your favor it will happen," Dixon said. "You can't force it or make it happen. If the car is right and if I'm driving well, then it will happen. If it doesn't, we'll go to St. Louis and try to win there."

While Dixon has certainly made a name for himself at Raceway Park the past decade, Prudhomme, his team owner, racked up six wins at the New Jersey track and Dick LaHaie, crew chief of the Miller Lite/Ameriquest team, has scored two Top Fuel wins at E-Town. With that much history in the Snake Racing Top Fuel camp, there's an excellent chance that the Dixon's will again be celebrating in the winner's circle on Father's Day '05.

Dixon Does Englishtown...

What do you like most about Raceway Park?

The tradition. We've been going there for a long period of time. The fans are very knowledgeable and it's a great place to race.

What is your favorite memory from Raceway Park?

The first year I drove there in 1995, we qualified No. 1, set the national record and won the event. That's when the race was held in May, the same weekend as The Winston, NASCAR's all-star event. That race was on Saturday and Rusty (Wallace) came up on Sunday and we won with him there.

What is your favorite Englishtown-area restaurant?

We dig the sub and pizza shops that are located throughout the area.

What do you like most about the Englishtown area?

I like that it's close to the city. If you have an off night, you can go up there and be a tourist.

When you hear 'Raceway Park' the first thing that comes to mind is?

That it will forever be etched in my memory as the Summernationals.

-snake racing-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie