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NHRA defending champ Larry Dixon hopes for career first win in Reading READING, PA. (Sept.9) --With a lead of 269 points in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel title chase, Miller Lite / Snake Racing driver Larry Dixon wants to break new ground this ...

NHRA defending champ Larry Dixon hopes for career first win in Reading

READING, PA. (Sept.9) --With a lead of 269 points in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel title chase, Miller Lite / Snake Racing driver Larry Dixon wants to break new ground this weekend. He hopes to pilot his Miller Lite dragster into the winner's circle at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend at the 19th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Sept. 11-14th).

Dixon has been to the winner's circle before at Maple Grove Raceway, but never as a driver. "I worked on Snake's crew and we've won there before (1991-Top Fuel)," said Dixon. "And my dad has also won there, I like the track and have had many good times there, but have never driven to the winners circle before. I think it really depends on how you're doing at that particular time of the year when going there."

It not only depends on the performance of the car, but also Mother Nature. "It really depends on the weather," says Dixon. "If the weather is cool you'll see national records broke, if it's hot it makes it challenging for the crew chiefs."

When you look at the performance he's had this year, qualifying among the top four cars 13 out of 17 races, reaching the finals at 11of 17 races and winning eight of those 11 final rounds, it's certainly impressive. In just eight years as a NHRA Top Fuel driver Dixon has racked up 33 career wins with only two NHRA tracks left Dixon to conquer (Reading, PA, St. Louis, MO.).

Although he has a 269-point lead and with six events remaining on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing tour, Dixon would rather keep it up. "I'd rather not have the season end," said Dixon, "just let it keep going, try and win as much as you can while you can. Then there's no room to change things which might not be there next year."

Dixon has a handful of first and second round finishes in addition to a semifinals finish in 1996 at Maple Grove Raceway but this weekend the Miller Lite dragster is determined to go four rounds en-route to the finals and ultimately the winners circle at this weekends 19th annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway (Sept. 11-14th).

Dixon was recently nominated for the third quarter Driver of the Year. It is the second time this season that Dixon has been nominated for the quarterly award. A panel of motorsports journalists and SPEEDTV.com online voters determine the winner. Go to www.speedtv.com today and vote!

2003 NHRA Top Fuel Point Standings

1.  LARRY DIXON          1594    - - -

2. Doug Kalitta 1325 269 out
3. Darrell Russell 1026 568 out
4. Tony Schumacher 982 612 out
5. Cory McClenathan 832 762 out
6. David Baca 823 771 out
7. John Smith 770 824 out
8. Doug Herbert 745 849 out
9. R. Hartman-Smith 682 912 out
10. Brandon Bernstein 629 965 out

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , David Baca , Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein