Memphis: Dixon Dispatch

The Dixon Dispatch The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster 2001 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Point Standings 1. LARRY DIXON 1527 n/a 2. Kenny Bernstein 1482 45 out 3. Doug Kalitta 1206 321 ...

The Dixon Dispatch
The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster

2001 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Point Standings
1. LARRY DIXON 1527 n/a
2. Kenny Bernstein 1482 45 out
3. Doug Kalitta 1206 321 out
4. Gary Scelzi 1197 330 out
5. Mike Dunn 1190 337 out
6. Darrell Russell 1145 382 out
7. Doug Herbert 965 562 out
8. Tony Schumacher 894 633 out
9. David Grubnic 759 768 out
10. Rhonda Hartman 611 916 out

Larry Dixon Aims For Third Straight NHRA Win To Extend Points Lead At Autozone Nationals In Memphis

MEMPHIS,TN (Sept. 17) - NHRA Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Team return to the "scene of the crime" this weekend as the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series returns to action with the 14th Annual Autozone Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park (Sept. 21-23).

Dixon sits atop the Top Fuel standings for the third event in a row and enjoys a 45-point lead over second place Kenny Bernstein. Dixon's best finish to date at Memphis has been a pair of runner-up finishes (1997, 2000), including last year's loss to Gary Scelziafter Dixon's chassis folded and "robbed" him not only of the win, but a position to contend for the 2000 Championship.

Dixon has two things working in his favor this weekend as he looks for an elusive "first win" at Memphis 1) the momentum of back-to-back wins at Brainerd, Minn. (Aug. 19) and Indy's prestigious U.S. Nationals (Sept. 3) and, 2) crew chief Dick LaHaie's string of near-perfect tune-ups.

"With the way the car is running, we do have some momentum right now, but as far as my confidence goes, it doesn't help at all because we still have to prove that we can get down the racetrack over and over and we still need to work just as hard," said Dixon. "If you look at Dick LaHaie's track record, you can see that he knows what he's doing," said Dixon. "When I go up to the starting line, I feel pretty good that I have a car that is going to run pretty well. But I still have to do my job. I have to do the best I can to cut a light."

To say that the Miller Lite Dragster is running well is an understatement. LaHaie and crew have tuned Dixon to low elapsed time during each of the last eight rounds of elimination racing, as well as low e.t. during the final two qualifying sessions at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Dixon also boasts Top Fuel's longest current opening round win streak (19), having not lost early since Oct. 2000.

"The way our car is running right now - the team really seems to have a good groove going with maintenance and Dick LaHaie has his act together - so I think we have a pretty good package," said Dixon. "I guess if you are going to be peaking at a certain time, this is a good time forus to do what we are doing now, as opposed to last year when we peaked early. Other than Memphis (runner up finish after crashing in the final round), we didn't really do much."

Dixon's Career Results in Memphis
Year Event Qual. Finish & Winning Driver
1995 MidSouth Nationals No. 3 Semifinals-C.McClenathan
1996 Pennzoil Nationals No. 16 First round-B. Johnson
1997 Pennzoil Nationals No. 3 Runner-up-J.Head
1998 Pennzoil Nationals No. 2 Firstround-S. Anderson
1999 Autozone Nationals No. 10 First round-K. Bernstein
2000 Autozone Nationals No. 10 Runner-up-G. Scelzi

Snake Racing Overall Finals at Memphis
Tommy Johnson Jr.- 2 wins (1994, 99)
Ron Capps- 1 win (2000)
Don Prudhomme- 1 runner-up (1991)
Larry Dixon- 2 runner-ups (1997, 2000)
Ed McCulloch- 2 runner-ups (1988,90)
Totals = 3 wins in 7 final rounds at Memphis

Larry Dixon Appearance & Racing Schedule
Below is the tentative schedule for Larry Dixon forthis weekend's 14th Annual Autozone Nationals.

Date & Time             Location

Wed, 9/19 700-845p Hooters 2653 Mt.Moriah, Memphis
Thur, 9/20 700-845p Fargo's4027 Raleigh Millington Rd
Fri, 9/21 400-700p Qualifying session #1& #2
Sat, 9/22 100-400p Qualifying sessions#3 & #4
Sun, 9/23 1100a Final eliminations

NHRA on Television This Weekend
Date & Time (ET) Network Coverage
Sept. 20, 530-600p ESPN 2 NHRA Heat
Sept. 22, 300-500p ESPN 2 Qualifying
Sept. 23, Noon-100p ESPN 2 Eliminations
Sept. 23, 1100p-100a ESPN 2 Eliminations

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , Mike Dunn , Kenny Bernstein , Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie , Tommy Johnson Jr.