Monday, June 15, 2009

Dixon 3-for-3 in NHRA top fuel finals

Larry Dixon, a National Hot Rod Assn. top fuel driver and a Van Nuys High graduate, made it a perfect 3-for-3 in finals after winning at Old Bridge Township Raceway in New Jersey on Sunday.
Dixon won his third top fuel final of the season and his fifth career NHRA top fuel event in Englishtown, N.J. Joe Amato has the most wins of any NHRA driver at Englishtown with six.
“We’ve had a lot of success at this race,” said Dixon, a driver from Al-Anabi Racing. “The race used to be Father’s Day at Columbus, and we won out until they moved the Father’s Day to here. I was like, ‘Wow, I haven’t won Englishtown in a long time. It would be cool to do that,’ nonchalantly saying that at the beginning of the season. And then all of a sudden, you get to go to a bunch of finals and win here. This is a great track, and there’s so much history here. Racing on the same track as ‘Jungle’ and Garlits and Shirley and all my heroes that I grew up watching race is a great deal.”
Dixon was referring to NHRA legends “Jungle” Jim Libeman, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney.
With the win, Dixon moved up to third place in the NHRA top fuel standings. Antron Brown, who Dixon defeated in the finals at Englishtown, leads the top fuel standings. He has a 34-point lead over reigning top fuel champion Tony Schumacher.
“Even though we didn’t get the win here, we still managed to make a lot of progress relative to performance,” said Schumacher, who lost to Brown in the semifinals. “I believe we’ve got a solid combination right now. I’m looking for that to translate into some wins real soon.”

Photo: Larry Dixon won his third NHRA top fuel race and his fifth career NHRA race at Old Bridge Township Raceway in New Hersey on Sunday. Only Joe Amato with six wins has won more NHRA races at Englishtown, N.J.

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