DIXON PUTS TOYOTA INTO SONOMA WINNER'S CIRCLE TAKES EIGHTH NHRA TOP FUEL WIN OF 2010 SEASON TORRANCE, Calif. (July 18, 2010) -- Larry Dixon's magical season continued Sunday as he defeated arch-rival Tony Schumacher in the Top Fuel final to...
DIXON PUTS TOYOTA INTO SONOMA WINNER'S CIRCLE TAKES EIGHTH NHRA TOP FUEL WIN OF 2010 SEASON
TORRANCE, Calif. (July 18, 2010) -- Larry Dixon's magical season continued Sunday as he defeated arch-rival Tony Schumacher in the Top Fuel final to record his eighth win of the season in Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series' Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
The victory continued Dixon's perfect streak of eight-for-eight in final rounds this season and extended his series points lead to 211 points with two races remaining before the start of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Dixon can clinch the top spot in the countdown by simply advancing to the second round at next weekend's Mile-High Nationals in Denver.
Dixon began the weekend by earning his fifth number one qualifying position of the season. He has won each of the five times he's taken the top spot in qualifying in 2010. He then defeated Steve Chrisman, Steve Torrence and Cory McClenathan before dispatching Schumacher in the final.
Dixon has now won seven of the last 11 NHRA events, where he's compiled a 33-4 record in elimination rounds during that span. For the season, he has reached the semi-finals or finals in 11 of 15 races to date.
Things didn't go as well for the rest of the Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel contingent as Antron Brown, who was the number two qualifier, Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon all were eliminated in the first round. Cruz Pedregon led Toyota in Funny Car action as he advanced to the second round before being eliminated. Pedregon's Toyota Camry Solara had qualified fourth on the weekend. Del Worsham, who had qualified sixth on Saturday, went out in the first round..
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