LAS VEGAS (April 4) - When Larry Dixon decides to gamble, his game of choice is typically black jack. However, if Dixon were forced to place a wager on who might win the top fuel title at this weekend's inaugural NHRA SummitRacing.com ...
LAS VEGAS (April 4) - When Larry Dixon decides to gamble, his game of choice is typically black jack. However, if Dixon were forced to place a wager on who might win the top fuel title at this weekend's inaugural NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals (April 6-9), he would play the odds and put his money on the favorites atop the Winston Point Standings. "Going to Las Vegas this weekend is going to be exciting for all of the teams," said Dixon, driver of Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster. "I see two major factors that the teams are going to have to overcome-elevation and rubber. The teams in the top half of the points race right now will have the advantage because they are more versatile, knowledgeable, and seem to be able to adapt more easily from facility to facility and from elevation to elevation. Vegas sits at 2,000 feet which is slightly higher than most of the tracks we race at during the year where the elevation is typically under 1,200 feet. One example where you will be able to see a big difference will be in the Super Gas category." "For example, those cars run an index of 9.90 seconds at sea level, and then see it increase to 10.12 seconds when we go to high-elevation tracks like Denver," he explains. "As far as getting rubber on the track, there will not be a pro car on the track until Friday, so all the top fuel teams are really are going to rely on the Sportsman cars to get some rubber down early on Thursday and Friday. The green track at Vegas is also going to affect our engine tune-up. The set up we start with on Friday will not necessarily work for us Friday, but might work by the time the track gets more rubber on it for Sunday. We will have to start soft and get more aggressive as the track comes around, similar to the new track at Bristol last year. I like to compare a green track to those tracks we travel to during the summer months-tracks that have certain sections that are better than others that really react differently due to the heat. I think that (crew chief) Dick LaHaie is one of the best at getting a tune up at the warm weather tracks, so I think we should do pretty well this weekend."
"So far this season, I am pretty satisfied with how we have done," said Dixon. "Obviously I would have liked to have reached some final rounds, but considering all the changes we made over the winter, I am pretty pleased."
"There was so much sand on that race track that we couldn't tell where the track ended and the desert began."
- Don Prudhomme recalling the last time he raced in Las Vegas in the early 1970's.
NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon will be making several appearances this week throughout Las Vegas where he will be meeting local drag racing fans. Below is a tentative schedule for Dixon leading up to the SummitRacing.com Nationals:
<pre> Date & Time Location Wed, 4/5 8-9:30 am LIVE in studio at KOMP 92.3 FM 10:30 am LIVE on KDWN 720 AM 2-3 pm Appearance at Excalibur 6-8 pm Appearance with Don Prudhomme at Hooter's, 5677 W. Sahara
Thur, 4/6 7-9 pm Appearances at Circus Circus, LIVE radio remote with KENO 1460 AM 11 pm LIVE on KDWN 720 AM