TOP FUEL * Larry Dixon, from Indianapolis, won his seventh event of the 2003 season by defeating points-rival Doug Kalitta in the final round. It was the second consecutive week these rivals have met in the final round (Denver). Dixon, who lost...
* Larry Dixon, from Indianapolis, won his seventh event of the 2003 season by defeating points-rival Doug Kalitta in the final round. It was the second consecutive week these rivals have met in the final round (Denver). Dixon, who lost lane choice in the semifinals, blasted the Miller Lite dragster down the quarter-mile track in 4.672 seconds at 316.82 mph to outrun Kalitta's Mac Tools dragster, which shut the clocks off at 4.739 at 306.95. It was the 32nd career win for Dixon, and the first of his career at Pacific Raceways. There are three facilities where Dixon has yet to win at during his nine-year career (St. Louis, Sonoma, Calif., and Reading, Pa.). It was the fifth time this season that Dixon and Kalitta have met in the final round, with Dixon winning four times.
* It was Dixon's 10th final round appearance of the season. Dating back to the season-opener of the 2002 season, Dixon has appeared in the final round at 24 of the last 37 races, and has accumulated a 99-20 won-loss record in eliminations during that span for a winning percentage of .832.
* With the victory, Dixon extended his lead in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel standings to 251 points over Kalitta with nine events remaining in the 2003 season.
* Dixon's 32 career victories places him fourth on the all-time win list, three wins shy of tying 'Big Daddy' Don Garlits and Kenny Bernstein for second place. Joe Amato holds the Top Fuel record with 52 victories.
* En route to the win, Dixon completed the 'sweep' at Pacific Raceways. He was the No. 1 qualifier at the event, driving to the top spot with a time of 4.676 at 317.27 to pace the 16-car field in qualifying. During eliminations he established low E.T. (4.662) and top speed (318.39) of the event.
* John Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., earned his second victory of the year and the 108th of his career. Force drove his familiar green-and-white Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to the finish line in 5.036 seconds at 300.80 mph, beating rival Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Dodge, which recorded a slower run of 5.215 at 272.28. It was Force's fourth consecutive final round appearance of the season and the 167th of his career.
* With the victory, Force moved up to the No. 3 spot in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car standings. In addition to the No. 3 position, Force Racing also occupies the No. 1 (Tony Pedregon) and No. 5 (Gary Densham) spots in the POWERade top 10.
* Gary Scelzi, from Fresno, Calif., earned his first career No. 1 qualifying position in the Funny Car category. The three-time Top Fuel champion earned the top spot when his Oakley Dodge Stratus covered the distance in 4.964 at 299.33 to lead the field.
* For the second consecutive event, NHRA POWERade Funny Car points leader Tony Pedregon was eliminated in the first round of competition. Pedregon remained the leader in the standings despite the loss. However, after having a 143-pouint lead following St. Louis, Pedregon now leads Bazemore in the standings by 63 points.
* Greg Anderson continued to improve on his career-best season, winning for the sixth time in 2003. Anderson steered his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am down the track in 6.l858 seconds at 202.09 mph, just beating surprise finalist Larry Morgan to the finish line. Morgan jumped out ahead with an advantage at the starting line in his Team Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T, but his numbers of 6.910 at 200.14 fell just short of Anderson's performance.
* Anderson earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the eighth time this season. He established the track record for time and speed when his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am he was driving shut the clocks off in 6.754 at 205.19 to pace the 16-car field. Like Larry Dixon in Top Fuel, Anderson earned the event 'sweep' which is earning the event victory, being the No. 1 qualifier, and setting low E.T. and top speed of the event.
* Morgan earned a $1,000 bonus from the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Kurt Johnson by 0.0075 of-a-second margin of victory in the semifinals of Pro Stock eliminations.
* Anderson's victory increased his lead in the NHRA POWERade standing to 112 points over Kurt Johnson.
* Notable DNQ's: Jim Yates, Mark Whisnant, Ron Krisher, Troy Coughlin, Darrell Alderman and Bruce Allen.