Phoenix: Larry Dixon - The Dixon Dispatch

The Dixon Dispatch The Weekly News Release of Larry Dixon & the Miller Lite Dragster Larry Dixon Brings Top Fuel Points Lead to the Desert in Style with the Debut of the Miller Lite-Arizona Diamondbacks Top Fuel Dragster CHANDLER, ARIZ. (Feb.

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

Larry Dixon Brings Top Fuel Points Lead to the Desert in Style with the Debut of the Miller Lite-Arizona Diamondbacks Top Fuel Dragster

CHANDLER, ARIZ. (Feb. 18) - After striking gold last week in Pomona with his season opening victory at the Winternationals, Larry Dixon continues with the precious stones theme as he will bring diamonds to the desert with the Miller Lite-Arizona Diamondbacks Snake Racing Top Fuel Dragster.

Unveiling of the MIller Lite - Arizona Diamondbacks Top Fuel Dragster.
Photo by Don Prudhomme Racing.

Dixon and the Miller Lite Team could not have asked for a better start to the 2002 POWERade Drag Racing Series, as they overcame some difficult rounds en route to a final round win over chief rival Kenny Bernstein. Now, Dixon looks to capitalize on that winning momentum as he returns to Firebird International Raceway for this weekend's race-the site of his super performance numbers during off-season testing which included a gem of a lap with an elapsed time of 4.51 seconds after shutting off early. He also enters this weekend's race with a 22-point lead over Bernstein, marking the first time he has led the points race since last September.

"Hopefully some of the data that we compiled during testing will carry over to the event," said Dixon. "The one major difference is that this weekend is supposed to be warmer, so some stuff may not apply. We really have to just see how the weather goes. That is very critical when it comes to the new tire and what we can and can't do. When it's warmer it's harder to get down the track, but we were able to make some runs in the 4.50s when it was warm at Pomona. If it stays cool, then we will use our data from testing. If it's warmer, then we will go with what we learned at Pomona."

Another stone that Dixon may be keeping in mind is a ruby, which signifies a 40th anniversary. In this case, team owner and Hall of Fame driver, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme will see his 40th Anniversary season (1962-2002) celebrated this weekend with the debut of a special logo on the Miller Lite-Arizona Diamondbacks ride.

"The car looks great all the way around," said Dixon. "To be honest, when I get in the car, I can't see the paint. It all looks the same. There is no change in the car competitively. It is the same car we won in at Pomona two weeks ago, so that makes it nice. Hopefully we will have the same results in the Diamondbacks car as the team did on the baseball field during last year's World Series. No matter what though, our car will give Phoenix fans another reason to cheer." <pre> Larry Dixon's Career Results in Phoenix

Year Event Qual. Finish & Winning Driver 1995 Atsco Ntls. No. 5 WINNER-S. Anderson 1996 Atsco Ntls. No. 10 semi-finals-K.Bernstein 1997 Atsco Ntls. No. 12 first round-S. Kalitta 1998 Atsco Ntls. No. 9 first round - M. Dunn 1999 CSK Ntls. No. 3 first round - A. Cowin 2000 CSK Ntls. No. 3 semi-finals-B. Vandergriff 2001 CSK Ntls. No. 2 2nd round-D. Kalitta

2002 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel Point Standings

1. LARRY DIXON 117 - - - 2. Kenny Bernstein 95 22 out 3. Clay Millican 74 43 out 4. Cory McClenathan 73 44 out 5. Doug Kalitta 54 63 out 6. Don Lampus 53 64 out 7. Wyatt Radke 51 66 out John Smith 51 66 out 9. Andrew Cowin 38 79 out 10. Tony Schumacher 36 81 out

Larry Dixon's Appearance Schedule

Date & Time Location Tue, 2/19 815a LIVE on KDKB 93.3 FM Wed, 2/20 200p Tucson Electric Park, Miller Lite - Arizona Diamondbacks press conference 700-800p Applebee's, Chandler Blvd & 48th 800-900p Vine Tavern, 4855 Warner & 48th Thur, 2/21 815a LIVE in studio at KDKB 93.3 FM 530-730p Pit Stop Shop, 4707 E. Baseline w/ Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr 730-930p Hooters, 4804 E. Chandler & 48th Fri, 2/22 100, 400p Qualifying sessions 1 & 2 Sat, 2/23 100, 400p Qualifying sessions 3 & 4 Sun, 2/24 1100a Final eliminations

NHRA on Television This Weekend

Date & Time (ET) Network Coverage Feb. 23, 900-1100p ESPN 2 Qualifying Feb. 24, 700-1000p ESPN 2 Eliminations Feb. 26, 300-600a ESPN 2 Eliminations (R)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Andrew Cowin , Tommy Johnson , Cory McClenathan , Don Prudhomme , Don Lampus