Topeka: Larry Dixon preview

Dixon Eyes Second Straight Win at Heartland Park TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2004) - You never forget your first, and Larry Dixon has had many firsts in his nine plus seasons of driving for Don Prudhomme Racing. From his first career NHRA victory...

Dixon Eyes Second Straight Win at Heartland Park

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2004) - You never forget your first, and Larry Dixon has had many firsts in his nine plus seasons of driving for Don Prudhomme Racing. From his first career NHRA victory at Phoenix in 1995 to his first NHRA Top Fuel championship in 2002, the 33-time NHRA winner has driven his Miller-backed dragster to wins at 18 of 20 active NHRA tracks, and later this year has a chance to become just the second NHRA driver to have earned a "Wally" trophy from each track.

Last Memorial Day Weekend, Dixon accomplished another first after defeating rival Doug Kalitta in the final round at Heartland Park Topeka. After posting runner-up finishes at the Kansas facility the two previous seasons, the third time in the money round was the charm for the Miller Lite driver as he claimed his 29th career Top Fuel victory.

"Seeing the win light in the final round was great last year," Dixon said. "We had gone to the final round at Heartland Park a few times before, so it was great to finally get the win there."

Dixon has raced to victories in consecutive seasons at seven events and will look to up that mark to eight when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes its annual stop in the Sunflower State, May 27-30, for the 16th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

"I've been going to Topeka since the first race was held back in 1989 when I was still working on Snake's (Don Prudhomme) Funny Car," Dixon said. "My crew chief Dick LaHaie has been to the winner's circle a bunch of times at Topeka. He's always been really strong there. It was nice to see some of that success carry over to our team after he came aboard late in 1999 because I hadn't been to the final round there before he joined our team and since LaHaie's been aboard, we've gone to the final round three straight years at Topeka."

The Topeka track has long been known as one of the quickest and fastest drag strips on the NHRA circuit, and this Memorial Day weekend's masses of drag racing fans will have the chance to see track records fall under the warm Midwestern sun at Heartland Park Topeka.

"It's a good facility to race at," Dixon said. "There's always a chance to see records broken at Heartland Park, so the fans should be ready to watch some fast cars this weekend."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie