Pomona Will Always Have A Place in Dixon's Heart POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2005) -- Larry Dixon has a strong affection for Pomona Raceway. Not only did the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion grow up in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and he is a...
Pomona Will Always Have A Place in Dixon's Heart
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2005) -- Larry Dixon has a strong affection for Pomona Raceway. Not only did the two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion grow up in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and he is a 1984 graduate of Van Nuys High School, but Dixon has experienced a great deal of success at the historic drag strip scoring three wins in four final round appearances in 10 seasons as driver of Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite dragster at the NHRA season-opener. Not to mention his first visit to victory lane following his father's, Larry Dixon Sr., triumph at the 1970 Winternationals.
The last two times Dixon kicked-off the season with a trip to the Pomona Raceway winner's circle he ended the season with an NHRA POWERade championship. Dixon and his Dick LaHaie-led race crew eye a third NHRA crown in four seasons when the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series begins, Feb. 10-13, with the 45th running of the storied race at Pomona Raceway at the L.A. County Fairgrounds.
"From a historical standpoint, that was the one big event that went on in California and it always started out the season," Dixon said. "All the guys from around the country would come and it has always meant something special to our family. I have a lot of friends and family that come to the race. It's neat to see people that I went to school with and people that I worked with in high school. It's always nice to come home. You have a sentimental side and a business side. When you get in the race car, it's all business, but when you're in front of your friends and family, you hope they have a good time."
There are few racers that have dominated the famed Southern California drag strip the way Prudhomme and his race teams have. The Snake collected five of his 49 career victories at the annual February meet and has seen Dixon drive his Miller Lite/Lucas Oil rail to the Pomona crown three times in a decade. With both Dixon and Prudhomme having strong ties to Southern California it should come as no surprise that the duo take pleasure in the NHRA's two yearly trips to the Southland.
"At one time there were just a few races and Pomona was one of them," Prudhomme said. "I believe in '65 that Pomona and Indy were the only two and we won both of them that year, and growing up in Southern California, it means a lot. It's really our home track."
Larry Dixon's Winternationals Memory
"A few moments from Pomona stick out in my mind. The year that we won the both Top Fuel Shootout and the Winternationals (2003) was really cool because it hadn't been done in some time, that was kind of a big deal. Also, the year that we doubled-up in 1998 with the dragster and Funny Car was pretty cool. It was neat to see Snake that excited."