DIXON AIMS FOR ANOTHER FINAL-ROUND VISIT AT MEMPHIS MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2005) -- For one reason or another, Larry Dixon somehow always seems to manage to make himself the center of the attention at Memphis Motorsports Park. Whether it's...
DIXON AIMS FOR ANOTHER FINAL-ROUND VISIT AT MEMPHIS
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2005) -- For one reason or another, Larry Dixon somehow always seems to manage to make himself the center of the attention at Memphis Motorsports Park. Whether it's a visit to the winner's circle like last season or a highlight-reel crash that thrilled the fans five years ago, Dixon always finds a way to make the headlines in the Mid-South.
In contention for his third NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship in four years, Top Fuel racing's winningest active driver with 37 career victories eyes a sixth consecutive visit to the money round at Memphis Motorsports Park, Aug. 19-21, when the NHRA circuit makes its final stop before the prestigious U.S. Nationals, Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis. In 10 career visits to the Memphis track, Dixon his been to the final round six times with two victories (2002, 2004).
"It certainly would be nice to be able to count on going to another final round again this year at Memphis," Dixon said. "Where we're at in the points (third), we need to make up a round a race. We need to go to the semis and finals each race, and get a few wins to be a contender for the championship."
Dixon and his Dick LaHaie-led Miller Lite race team are as seasoned as any team in the Top Fuel ranks and are familiar with winning championships having earned consecutive series titles in 2002-03, but the Memphis race is out of the ordinary as teams qualify in the evening, while the first round of eliminations kicks off in the heat of the day at 3 p.m.
"This is another race, like St. Louis, where we qualify at night and run the first round in the daytime," Dixon said. "I disagree with the format, but it will definitely be interesting to see how things play out on Sunday afternoon."
LaHaie has long been touted for his hot weather tune-up and when you combine Memphis and August, one thing you can be assured is hot weather and humidity. If the Dixon/LaHaie combo continues the trend of going rounds at Memphis, then Dixon may again find himself the talk of the town.
DIXON 'DOES' MEMPHIS
What do you like most about Memphis Motorsports Park?
Our ability, for whatever reason, to get to the final round.
What is your favorite memory from Memphis Motorsports Park?
When we won in 2002, that night, my wife (Allison) went into labor. I got home just in time to see the birth of our second child (daughter, Alanna). That was probably the best 24 hours of my life.
What is your favorite Memphis-area restaurant?
It would have to be either Houston's or Corky's, with Rendezvous a close third.
What do you like most about the Memphis area?
Graceland and the history of the city.
When you hear "Memphis Motorsports Park," the first thing that comes to mind is?
Me trying to do an Evil Knievel impression during the final round in 2000.