DIXON MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW AT VEGAS; TAKES NHRA POINTS LEAD TORRANCE, Calif., hApril 18, 2010) -- Larry Dixon drove his Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Top Fuel dragster to his second consecutive NHRA Full Throttle Series victory and claimed the Top...
DIXON MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW AT VEGAS; TAKES NHRA POINTS LEAD
TORRANCE, Calif., hApril 18, 2010) -- Larry Dixon drove his Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Top Fuel dragster to his second consecutive NHRA Full Throttle Series victory and claimed the Top Fuel points lead in the process at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway Sunday.
The win is Dixon's third of the season and came during a dominating weekend that saw him make the fastest pass in three of the four qualifying sessions before winning his four elimination runs today. The victory, combined with 11 bonus points gained in the four qualifying sessions, boosted Dixon to a one-point lead over Cory McClenathan in the points chase.
Fellow Toyota driver Antron Brown saw his streak of three consecutive finals appearances snapped on Sunday as he was eliminated in the second round after being the weekend's fastest qualifier. Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon also both won their opening round match-ups on Sunday before falling in the second round, with Langdon falling to Dixon.
After earning his first pole position of the year on Saturday, Del Worsham advanced to the semi-finals for the second week in a row. In the process, the Al-Anabi Toyota Camry Solara driver climbed into eighth-place in Funny Car points. Cruz Pedregon fell in the first round to Ashley Force-Hood in his Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry Solara. The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is off next weekend before heading to suburban St. Louis for the AAA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., April 30-May 2.
- Larry Dixon's victory is the 51st Top Fuel win of his career. He's third on the all-time wins list - just one behind Joe Amato's second-place total of 52. The victory is the third of the season for Dixon, after winning the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona and last week in Houston. His eight-win total over the last two seasons is two more than any other driver on the circuit.
- Larry Dixon's dominating run over the past two weeks has included five fastest passes in eight qualifying sessions to go along with eight consecutive elimination run victories.
- Five of the six Toyota-sponsored cars advanced to at least the second round today.
- With today's victory, Larry Dixon climbs into the lead in the Top Fuel point standings, while Antron Brown remains fourth. With Shawn Langdon currently in sixth and Morgan Lucas in seventh, all four Toyota-sponsored drivers are on pace to qualify for the NHRA's Countdown playoffs.
Larry Dixon, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "Our Al-Anabi Racing car was great all weekend. It was unbelievable all through qualifying; it was just very strong. We made up a bunch of ground on Cory (McClenathan) during qualifying, and we knew that if we could make it to the final round, if we beat him, we'd get the points lead. It was just a great, great weekend for the Al-Anabi Racing team."
Morgan Lucas, GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "We were happy we won the first round, but happier that the car is going down the track a lot better. The track seemed like it went away really fast in the heat and we smoked the tires. We had even backed the car down, but didn't back it down quite enough for what was out there."
Shawn Langdon, Lucas Oil/Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: "After we smoked the tires during our two rounds in Houston, I was prepared for that to happen again. We were really trying to make a safe run first round and we did, but each round you need to step it up if you expect to win. When we go to St. Louis (in two weeks), it's usually pretty hot there too so we can use a lot of thethings we learned here when we get to Gateway. We're close, but no cigar, at least not yet. It's nothing to be down on ourselves about. We lost a race to a guy who was low for the round. We knew he was going to run good. We didn't want to hurt itor get in a pedal-fest with him; we wanted to get a good clean run. That's what we did. He just beat me."
Del Worsham, Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car: "Our Al-Anabi Racing team had another solid outing this weekend. We were the No. 1 qualifier and made it to the semis again so we continue to make progress. Now, we've made up some ground in the points so we are moving in the right direction. We made some great runs this weekend; we know our Al-Anabi Toyota can perform how we want it to."
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