Dixon and Miller Lite Team Eye Rebound at Reading MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2004) - In less than 10 years behind the wheel of his Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel dragster, two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon has ...
Dixon and Miller Lite Team Eye Rebound at Reading
MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2004) - In less than 10 years behind the wheel of his Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel dragster, two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon has accomplished more than the second generation racer had ever dreamed possible. Racing to two consecutive titles, a Rookie of the Year award and capturing 35 race victories are just some of the honors Dixon has garnered in less than a decade.
While he is one of the most decorated drivers in the history of NHRA drag racing, even champions face a bump in the road along the way. That happened to Dixon and the Miller Lite team last weekend in Joliet, Ill. when their 53-race string of consecutive starts came to an end at the Chicago race. The streak ranked second in the Top Fuel category and dated back to June 2002.
Dixon and the Miller boys look to begin a new string for the record books when the NHRA POWERade Series returns to Maple Grove Raceway, Oct. 8-10, to complete the rain-delayed Lucas Oil Nationals.
After facing the coolest conditions of the 2004 NHRA season last weekend, the race teams will be faced with more of the same when they return to Eastern Pennsylvania to battle the ultra-quick Maple Grove Raceway drag strip.
"The potential for good times will be there," Dixon said. "On the other hand, you have to be concerned about tires and other elements because of the load on the car.
"When we had to go back after 9/11 and after the rain last year, it was really cold. The cars ran about one tenth (of-a-second) quicker. We have to wait and see how the weather is, but more times than not, it seems to be really chilly when we go back there."
Maple Grove Raceway is one of just two tracks on the NHRA circuit where Dixon has yet to reach the winner's circle. Dixon has driven his Miller-backed rail to the win at 18 of the current NHRA race tracks and with the right tune-up, the veteran driver looks to make that 19 tracks this weekend.
"You want to win every race that's in front of you," Dixon said. "It doesn't matter if you have or haven't won there. The next race on the schedule is the one you want to win, and for us, that's Reading."