POMONA, CA (Nov. 8) - When new crew chief Dick LaHaie came on board to tune Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster less than a month ago, the strategy was for him, driver Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Team to begin plans for a NHRA...
POMONA, CA (Nov. 8) - When new crew chief Dick LaHaie came on board to tune Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster less than a month ago, the strategy was for him, driver Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Team to begin plans for a NHRA Winston Championship for the year 2000.
Much to the surprise of everyone, Dixon and the crew did not need to wait until the turn of the century to return to the winner's circle. Since joining Snake Racing for the NHRA event in Memphis (Oct. 7-10), LaHaie has tuned the Miller Lite Dragster to an impressive number of consistent runs, including eight of the car's strongest laps of the season two weeks ago to claim the Matco Tools SuperNationals in Houston (Oct. 31).
Dixon's final qualifying efforts of the season also picked up to give him the No. 4 seed in the special $100,000 winner-take-all exhibition Shootout held this Saturday at Pomona.
Now, heading into the 1999 season's final event, the 35th Annual AAA of Southern California Auto Club NHRA Winston Championships (Nov. 11-14), LaHaie, Dixon and Prudhomme look to achieve their goal of finishing the season in the top five of the Winston Top Fuel Point Standings. And with the No. 91 car only 33 points out of fifth place going into Pomona, chances are pretty good that LaHaie's consistent set-up will help Dixon post his best finish since his rookie of the year campaign in 1995.
For Dixon, this weekend's race will also mark the last time that he can be labeled as the â€œhometown favorite.â€ Dixon, who was raised in North Hollywood, recently purchased a house in Indianapolis and will make that their new home at the end of the season.
â€œPomona is and will always be a very special event for me,â€ said Dixon. â€œI have been going out to Pomona since I was a kid to watch my dad race and have really enjoyed going there as a driver. Even though I am moving to Indy in the off-season, I will always call Southern California my home. I spend so much time on the road as it is, that I don't get a chance to stay in California very long anyways. To win at Pomona this week would be a great way to end the season, not only for myself and Snake, but for Dick LaHaie and the entire Miller Lite Team.â€
Dixon to Meet & Race with Los Angeles Area Drag Race Fans
NHRA Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon will be making several appearances this week throughout the Southern California area where he will be meeting local drag racing fans, display his show car and take on fans in the Miller Lite Drag Racing Simulators. Below is a tentative schedule for Dixon leading up to the NHRA's season-ending World Championships;
Date & Time Location Tue, 11/9 Noon Malibu Speedzone Thur, 11/11 3 p.m. Qualifying session #1
7:30-9 p.m. Scoreboards, 3220 Temple, Pomona
(909) 468-0444, phone Fri, 11/12 3 p.m. Qualifying session #2 Sat, 11/13 12:15 & 4 Qualifying sessions #3 & #4 Sun, 11/14 11:00 am Eliminations begin