LARRY DIXON & THE MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER EARN SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT MATCO NATIONALS DIXON DEDICATES EIGHTH WIN OF CAREER TO CART DRIVER GREG MOORE BAYTOWN, TX. (Oct. 31) - Larry Dixon earned his second NHRA title of the ...
LARRY DIXON & THE MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER EARN SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT MATCO NATIONALS
DIXON DEDICATES EIGHTH WIN OF CAREER TO CART DRIVER GREG MOORE
BAYTOWN, TX. (Oct. 31) - Larry Dixon earned his second NHRA title of the season and the eighth of his career Sunday when he piloted the Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster to a final round win over defending Winston Top Fuel Champion Gary Scelzi at the Third Annual Matco Tools Super Nationals.
Dixon's final round lap of 4.595 seconds at 314.61 mph bettered runner-up Scelzi's pass of 4.702 seconds in a re-match of the 1997 Top Fuel Final at Houston Raceway Park. The Final round pass marked the last of eight very consistent passes directed by crew chief Dick LaHaie.
"It feels really great to have won today and I am especially happy for Dick LaHaie," said Dixon. "He was really just thrown into this and it is a great way to finish out 1999. We were starting to work on year 2000 and I guess this win puts us a little ahead of schedule."
Making the win even more emotional for Dixon was the passing of CART driver Greg Moore today. "I want to dedicate this win to Greg Moore," said an emotional Dixon. "He was a great champion and our hearts and thoughts are with his family. It makes it really hard to deal with when you know the guy."
Prudhomme was quick to give credit to LaHaie, Dixon and former crew chief Dale Armstrong. "The kid did a hell of a job driving today," said Snake. "Our thanks go to Dale because that's his engine and he was the one who got us our record (4.486) and we can't give him enough credit. LaHaie is a really savvy guy who doesn't get caught up in a lot of stuff. (After Scelzi's 4.480 run)... "Dick didn't let that bother him where a lot of other guys would have."
The win marked the second victory in four final appearances this season and the eighth in 18 career final rounds for Dixon. The win moved Dixon up to eighth place in the 1999 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Standings with one race remaining, the season-ending AAA of Southern California World Finals at Pomona, CA (Nov. 11-14).
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