Larry Dixon enters the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in first place in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings. He leads second-place Tony Schumacher by 85 points entering the final race in the Countdown to 1 NHRA ...
Larry Dixon enters the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in first place in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings. He leads second-place Tony Schumacher by 85 points entering the final race in the Countdown to 1 NHRA Playoffs. Third-place Cory McClenathan is 106 points behind Dixon.
Dixon can clinch his third NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship this weekend, but the championship is far from decided. Dixon's lead is currently 85 points. If he completes qualifying with a lead of 81 points or more and then wins his first-round matchup, he will clinch the championship regardless of what anyone else does. If he completes qualifying with a lead of fewer than 80 points and advances to the semifinals, he will clinch the championship regardless of what anyone else does. In the unlikely event that he completes qualifying with a lead of more than 100 points which is possible, he would clinch the championship by simply staging the Al-Anabi dragster for the first round of eliminations on Sunday.
Dixon had a chance to clinch his third NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship last month in Las Vegas. When Cory McClenathan went out in the first round of elimination, Dixon advanced and could have clinched the championship by winning the Las Vegas event. However, Dixon lost to Dom Lagana in the second round ending any hopes of an early championship clinch.
Dixon prior to Pomona:
"I feel great about Pomona this weekend. I'm excited to get there; it's a home court for Alan (team manager Alan Johnson), Jason (crew chief Jason McCulloch) and me since we are all Southern California natives. The Al-Anabi team is leading the points, the weather forecast looks great for conditions, and I'm just excited to go to the race this weekend.
"To look back on Las Vegas, it would have been nice to clinch the Full Throttle championship there. I m probably looking at Vegas the same was Cory (McClenathan) is: we left a lot on the table, but that was Vegas. Now we get to go into Pomona with more than a four-round lead, and I'd love more than anything to be able to leave there with a bigger lead than we have now. With that said, all we have to do is finish one point better than everyone else. So I'm going to shoot for the moon but settle for Texas and a one-point lead when it's all over if that's what happens.
"I would hope our approach will be the same this weekend as it has been all season. We've been swinging the bat well so why not keep doing the same thing? I have Alan (team manager Alan Johnson) and Jason (crew chief Jason McCulloch) in my corner, and we have to just go out and keep doing the same thing. That's what got us the wins and the points lead in the first place so why would we change anything now?
"You go in there with what you know, do the best you can and hope it's enough. That's what we did last year, but it wasn't enough. This year, everyone on the Al-Anabi team has worked a lot harder to get ourselves in better position, and we are. So we'll go into Pomona, do the best we can and take what we get. I'm cool with that."
-source: al-anabr racing team