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DIXON LOOKS TO MAKE IT TWO STRAIGHT AS NHRA SCHEDULE HEATS UP AT BRISTOL
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 25, 2005) — Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon vaulted himself and Don Prudhomme’s Miller Lite race team immediately into title contention when Dixon scored his 36th career NHRA victory by winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago. The win was Dixon’s fourth at the Nevada facility, and with the victory he passed drag racing icon ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits for third place on the all-time Top Fuel wins list. The victory also was No. 100 for team owner and longtime boss Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, who became just the third driver/owner in drag racing history to earn 100 wins.

With all the accolades and headlines behind them, Dixon, Prudhomme and the entire Miller Lite/Ameriquest team are focused on making another solid showing when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes the first of two visits to The Volunteer State, April 29-May 1, for the Fifth annual O’Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals in the picturesque rolling hills of Eastern Tennessee at Bristol Dragway. Dixon won the Bristol race in 2002 en route to his first career NHRA Top Fuel crown.

“I think that win was a nice win for us at Las Vegas,” Dixon said. “It certainly helped the morale of the team. We’ve had a good car all season long, but for one reason or another we haven’t been able to close the deal. I think everyone on our team knew we had a good hot rod, and on that one Sunday in Las Vegas everyone else knew it as well. We’re back in a good position and if we can keep up the same pace, we might be able to contend for the title at season’s end.”

While nine Top Fuel racers have claimed multiple NHRA titles, only Garlits, Joe Amato, Shirley Muldowney and Gary Scelzi have earned at least three NHRA crowns. Dixon and his Dick LaHaie-led Miller Lite/Lucas Oil crew have a chance to put their names among the Top Fuel elite if they can claim a third NHRA Top Fuel championship in four seasons. With a few 4.4-second passes, a pair of final round appearances with one win and a top speed of the event (Las Vegas), Prudhomme’s Top Fuel team appears well poised for another title run in drag racing’s elite category.

Entering the Bristol event just eight points from second place and less than four rounds of competition away from the points lead, as well as the prospect of competing for the championship certainly intrigues the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year.

“I feel the same way about the car right now as I did going into Pomona (Calif.) at the beginning at the year,” Dixon said. “When you get into a car that runs as well as ours does, I’m excited to get into the race car and go race.”

2005 NHRA Top Fuel Point Standings
1. Tony Schumacher (2) 420 - - -
2. Doug Kalitta (1) 360 60 out
3. LARRY DIXON (1) 352 68 out
4. Morgan Lucas 333 87 out
5. Cory McClenathan 311 109 out
6. David Grubnic 310 110 out
7. Doug Herbert 289 131 out
8. Scott Kalitta (1) 288 132 out
9. Brandon Bernstein 246 174 out
10. Scott Weis 157 263 out

Larry Dixon’s Career Results at Bristol Dragway

Year Qualified Finish & Winning Driver
1999* No. 11 First round—Whit Bazemore
2000* No. 6 First round—Frank Pedregon
2001 No. 3 Semifinals—Doug Kalitta
2002 No. 1 WINNER—Darrell Russell
2003 No. 2 Second round—Jim Head
2004 No. 8 First round—Doug Herbert
*Winston Showdown Bonus Event

Larry Dixon’s Bristol Schedule

Date & Time Event and Location
Thur., April 28, Noon The Ridges Golf & Country Club
Thur., April 28, 7-8 p.m. Hooter’s of Johnson City—Miller Appearance
Fri., April 29, 5, 8 p.m. TF Qualifying 1&2, Bristol Dragway
Sat., April 30, 12:30, 3:30 p.m. TF Qualifying 3&4, Bristol Dragway
Sun., May 1, 11:30 a.m. Pre-race Ceremonies, Bristol Dragway
Sun., May 1, Noon Final Eliminations, Bristol Dragway

Larry Dixon’s Career-Be
 
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