Madison: Larry Dixon preview

DIXON AIMS TO RIDE HOT STREAK TO FIRST GATEWAY VICTORY MADISON, Ill (June 21, 2005) - Momentum is defined as the measure of the motion of a body equal to the product of its mass and velocity. Without the momentum produced by the 8,000...

DIXON AIMS TO RIDE HOT STREAK TO FIRST GATEWAY VICTORY

MADISON, Ill (June 21, 2005) - Momentum is defined as the measure of the motion of a body equal to the product of its mass and velocity. Without the momentum produced by the 8,000 horsepower, nitromethane burning engine, Dixon's Miller Lite dragster wouldn't progress towards the 1,320-foot quarter mile finish line.

A wave of momentum is what Don Prudhomme's veteran Top Fuel team rides as the NHRA POWERade Series rolls into Madison, Ill. for the ninth annual Sears Craftsman Nationals. Coming off one of the most dominant weekends of Dixon's career in New Jersey last weekend, the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion (2002-03) eyes his first career victory at the St. Louis facility.

"I'm looking forward to going into St. Louis this time around," Dixon said. "Dick LaHaie seems to have a pretty universal tune-up right now where we can run well in day and night conditions and with cloud cover or sunny conditions. He's able to make the necessary adjustments to make our car run very well. With this being a night race, I think a month ago I might have been a little more nervous, but as of late, I think we can hold our own with anyone in the class."

Following a runner-up and semifinals finish, Dixon raced his Miller Lite/Ameriquest rail to the second quickest (4.482 seconds) and fastest (332.26 mph) run of his career en route to his 25th career No. 1 qualifying award this past weekend. The LaHaie-led Miller Lite team then posted four low-4.5-second runs as Top Fuel's winningest active driver scored his 37th career victory and moved within 68 points of category leader Doug Kalitta. The Madison, Ill. track is just one of two on the NHRA circuit in which Dixon has yet to reach the winner's circle. Continuing that trend of momentum is key if the Miller Lite boys are to gain ground on the top spot with their sights set on a third series title in four seasons.

"It's a fairly new race on the tour and more times than not I thought that we had a really good race car and for one reason or another we haven't been able to close the deal," Dixon said. "Like Sonoma (Calif.) or Seattle, you have some circumstances that pop up and keep you from winning and then all of a sudden, you break through and win. If you look at the rounds we lost, they were close races. Had that one round flip-flopped the other way, we could have gone on and won the race. There's not a jinx, you just have to keep on racing and be persistent and the win will come."

With a hot LaHaie tune-up, along with hot, summertime St. Louis weather that will reach the mid to upper 90s, the Miller momentum may just carry Dixon to his first Gateway victory.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie