The Dixon Dispatch The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster Snake Racing Overall Wins at U.S. Nationals Don Prudhomme- 7 wins (1965, 69, 70, 73, 74, 77, 89) Larry Dixon- 1 win (1995) Dick LaHaie- 2 runner-ups (1987, ...
The Dixon Dispatch
The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster
Snake Racing Overall Wins at U.S. Nationals
Don Prudhomme- 7 wins (1965, 69, 70, 73, 74, 77, 89)
Larry Dixon- 1 win (1995)
Dick LaHaie- 2 runner-ups (1987, 89)
Ed McCulloch- 6 wins (1971, 72, 80, 88, 90, 92)
Total Indy wins for Snake Racing Team members = 14
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals More Than Just Another Points Earning Race For Top Fuel Leader Larry Dixon And Miller Lite Dragster
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28) - Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster have had a pretty good season so far. They currently sit atop the Top Fuel point standings after compiling a season record of 40 wins and 13 losses and have won four out of their six final round appearances.
The Miller Lite Team is averaging a No. 3 qualifying position and have reached the semifinals at 13 of the 17 races this season.
But none of those impressive numbers are the focal point for Dixon this weekend as the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series returns to Indianapolis Raceway Park (Aug. 31-Sept. 3) for the grand daddy of all drag races-the 47th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
"Forget about the hype of the points race for this week, because we are going to Indy," said Dixon. "For drag racers, this is the most important race of the year. This is the one race that every driver and every team wants to win. To have an opportunity to be a part of a team that has a chance to win at Indy is awesome."
Dixon knows firsthand what that feeling is like. While he never saw his father Larry Sr. claim a Top Fuel win at Indy after several semifinal round appearances, Dixon later enjoyed trips to IRP's winner's circle both at a crewman for Prudhomme (1989) and again as a driver during his 1995 Rookie of the Year campaign.
"Once you have won at Indy, you get the feeling that you can win every time you race there. And when you don't, you are really disappointed."
Dixon, who lives in the Indianapolis suburb of Avon, also knows what it feels like to have a very bad outing at Indy as he has seen his team's fail to qualify on two separate occasions.
"I remember when I worked on Snake's crew in 1989 when he won with the Funny Car, then we came back with the Top Fuel Dragster in 1990 and did not qualify. It was a similar scenario for me in 1999. We had just won at Brainerd the race before and then didn't qualify at Indy. It was really difficult, but that's what makes racing at Indy so important."
"You remember everything that happens here," said Dixon. "Indianapolis is the single most important drag race ever." <pre> Larry Dixon's Career Results in Indianapolis
Year Event Qual. Finish & Winning Driver 1995 US Nationals No. 12 WON- B. Vandergriff 1996 US Nationals No. 9 2nd round-T. Schumacher 1997 US Nationals No. 4 1st round-R. Hartman 1998 US Nationals No. 1 2nd round-G. Scelzi 1999 US Nationals DNQ 2000 US Nationals No. 5 2nd round-Schumacher
2001 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Point Standings 1. LARRY DIXON 1412 n/a 2. Kenny Bernstein 1404 8 out 3. Doug Kalitta 1154 258 out 4. Gary Scelzi 1132 280 out 5. Mike Dunn 1100 312 out 6. Darrell Russell 1091 321 out 7. Doug Herbert 933 479 out 8. Tony Schumacher 861 551 out 9. David Grubnic 727 685 out 10. Rhonda Hartman 601 811 out
Larry Dixon Appearance & Racing Schedule
Below is the tentative schedule for Larry Dixon for this weekend's 47th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Date & Time Location Fri, 8/31 730p Qualifying session #1 Sat, 9/1 230-730p Qualifying sessions #2 & #3 Sun, 9/2 1245-435p Qualifying sessions #4 & #5 Mon, 9/3 1030a Final eliminations
NHRA on Television This Weekend
Date & Time (ET) Network Coverage Sept. 1, Noon-200p ESPN 2 Qualifying Sept. 2, 100-230p ESPN 2 Qualifying Sept. 3, 1100a-100p ESPN 2 Eliminations Sept. 3, 400-700p ESPN Eliminations