The Dixon Dispatch The weekly news release of two-time NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Racing team Two-Time Consecutive NHRA Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon Looks To Make it Three Straight at Historic...
The Dixon Dispatch
The weekly news release of two-time NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Racing team
Two-Time Consecutive NHRA Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon Looks To Make it Three Straight at Historic Winternationals in Pomona
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2004) -- When Larry Dixon left Pomona Raceway last November, he was on top of the drag racing world, having won his second consecutive NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship. As the Southern California native returns to begin his 10th season as a driver, he knows the past two seasons mean nothing and his only goal is to qualify for Sunday's eliminations at the 44th running of the K&N Filters Winternationals, Feb. 19-22, at Pomona Raceway.
"I want and hope to qualify for the Winternationals," Dixon said. "It doesn't give us any advantage having won the race the past two years. Everybody is tied for first place. It's a clean sheet of paper now. Unless NHRA is going to offer provisionals, we've got to go out and earn our keep."
Dixon, a three-time winner of the season-opening event, made NHRA history last February, becoming the first Top Fuel driver in the 43-year history of the celebrated event to win the race in consecutive years. After winning the Top Fuel Shootout on Saturday, the Miller Lite team collected nearly $200,000 during one of the most lucrative weekends in NHRA history.
The Van Nuys High School graduate again looks to reset the NHRA record books in 2004 as he eyes a third straight NHRA Top Fuel crown, and to surpass racing legends Don Garlits and Kenny Bernstein in all-time Top Fuel victories.
Heading into the 2004 season, the Miller Lite team got an early jump on the Top Fuel field, testing their new engine combination in Houston for nine days, before heading to Phoenix for another five days of preparation.
"I think that if you were to ask (Dick) LaHaie, he's not as far along as he would like to be," Dixon said. "However, I'm confident we have a pretty good setup going into Pomona."
Born and raised in the Southland, the current Indianapolis resident always enjoys returning home to compete at the birthplace of drag racing.
"I enjoy going to California," Dixon said. "It's great to see my family and friends and enjoy the food and weather. I'm looking forward to hanging out in So Cal for a couple of weeks."