Keeping Pace

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, 9 P.M.

Dixon still looking for first NHRA win of season

2010 NHRA Ful Throttle Top Fuel champion, Larry Dixon. (Photo courtesy of NHRA)
2010 NHRA Ful Throttle Top Fuel champion, Larry Dixon. (Photo courtesy of NHRA)

Despite being winless this season, Larry Dixon’s car is actually out-performing points leader Del Worsham’s car.  Dixon set the national elapsed time record earlier this season when his silver Al-Anabi Racing dragster covered 1000 feet in 3.770 seconds at Pomona, Calif. in February.  Dixon leads the Full Throttle Series with 28 qualifying bonus points while Worsham is tied for third in Top Fuel with 11. 

Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

Atlanta, GA-2010 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon enters the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in second place in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings.  He trails his teammate, first-place Del Worsham, by 95 points and leads third-place Antron Brown by 47 points.

Despite being winless this season, Dixon’s car is actually out-performing points leader Del Worsham’s car.  Dixon set the national elapsed time record earlier this season when his silver Al-Anabi Racing dragster covered 1000 feet in 3.770 seconds at Pomona, Calif. in February.  Dixon leads the Full Throttle Series with 28 qualifying bonus points while Worsham is tied for third in Top Fuel with 11. 

Dixon is the defending champion of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals.  He has won more Top Fuel races at Atlanta Dragway than any other driver; his four wins at the suburban Atlanta track happened in 1996, 2002, ’03 and last year.  One year ago, he was the No. 1 qualifier; he defeated Steve Torrence, T.J. Zizzo, Tony Schumacher and Brandon Bernstein on his way to the winner’s circle.

One race ago, Dixon advanced to his second consecutive final round. In each of those final rounds, however, teammate Del Worsham took the victory.  Dixon has advanced to at least the semifinals at three of the five races this season. Earlier this month in Baytown, Texas, Dixon was the No. 4 qualifier; he defeated Clay Millican, Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher before losing to Worsham in the final round of eliminations.

“Our Al-Anabi team is having an awesome year," he said. "Obviously we don’t have any trophies on our side of the shop to show for it, but I think for a two-car team, we’ve done as well as we possibly could so far.

“Frustrated would be a strong word.  The last couple of races, we’ve lost to our Al-Anabi teammate.  When you’re doing up against your own team, it’s a different dynamic.  You lose, but your team wins.  So I’m not frustrated; we just don’t have any trophies to show for our season yet.  But if you compare last year to this year, we’ve scored as many points as we had this time last year, and we’re at the same points position we were this time last year.  So as a whole, we’re doing great.

“It’s always nice to return to a race track as the defending champion, but as a competitor, what I get the most out of is that we have a lot of successful data from running at these race tracks. You hope the conditions are similar to what we’ve had last year or the year before some of that experience will apply to this year.” 




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