Elvis Presley dragster, Snake'S birthday and the Powerade Top Fuel points lead make a busy weekend for Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Team LAS VEGAS (April 2) - As if the City of Las Vegas wasn't filled with enough action and excitement already,...
Elvis Presley dragster, Snake'S birthday and the Powerade Top Fuel points lead make a busy weekend for Larry Dixon & Miller Lite Team
LAS VEGAS (April 2) - As if the City of Las Vegas wasn't filled with enough action and excitement already, Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite/Snake Racing Top Fuel Team will have even more special happenings to contend with at this weekend's Third Annual NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals (April 4-7) at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dixon and team owner Don Prudhomme's first action in Las Vegas began weeks ago when they descended on the City with Miller Lite Racing teammate Rusty Wallace and fellow drag racer John Force, as they unveiled their special edition Elvis Presley Tribute cars to be run at this year's NASCAR and NHRA spring events. For Dixon, it is a paint scheme that will not only make an appearance in the desert, but will also fly during the NHRA's annual stop in Memphis, Tennessee later this year (Sept. 19-22).
In addition to the Elvis Presley program, Dixon and the Miller squad will celebrate team owner Prudhomme's 61st birthday, as well as his 40th Anniversary season, hopefully with a trip to the Winner's Circle on Sunday. With the momentum that Dixon and his bunch have generated after winning two out of the first three races of the young 2002 POWERade Drag Racing Series, including 11 wins in 12 rounds of elimination racing and a 105-point cushion in the points standings, one would think the Miller team to be a strong favorite to win their third race of the year this weekend. But Dixon has a bit of history to contend with in that for a variety of different reasons, he has yet to advance past the second round on race day at The Strip.
"I don't have any bad feelings at all about racing in Las Vegas," said Dixon. "I love racing there and think it's one of the best tracks and facilities in the country. Just because I haven't done as well as I would have liked to in the past doesn't change how I feel about the track. A few years ago I found out that I hadn't won a single round at Sears Point Raceway (Sonoma, CA) in the first five years I raced there. It didn't make me dislike that track either. Things just happen sometimes, little things that you can't control, and for whatever reason they sometimes happen at the same track. As far as Las Vegas goes, last year we dropped a cylinder in the second round and the year before that we had a silly little part break on us. Those are the kinds of things that happen in drag racing, no matter where you race."
Last Fall's Race Recap at The Strip
After earning his first low qualifier award at The Strip with a track record time of 4.509 seconds, Dixon posted a single-run, first round victory over Brady Kalivoda. He then dropped cylinder and lost to Don Lampus in the second round, falling 54 points back with one race left in 2001.
<pre> Larry Dixon's Appearance Schedule
Date & Time Location Thur, 4/4 815-830a LIVE on KKLZ FM 630-800p Instant Replay, 7777 W. Sahara, with Miller Lite/Elvis Showcar Fri, 4/5 330, 630p Qualifying sessions 1 & 2 Sat, 4/6 1130,300p Qualifying sessions 3 & 4 Sun, 4/7 1100a Final eliminations