NHRA World Champ Larry Dixon Hopes For First Win of 2011
It's been a long first half of the regular season for defending Top Fuel world champion Larry Dixon. After racing to 12 wins in 12 final round appearances in 2010, en route to his third world championship, the driver of the Al-Anabi Racing dragster has yet to visit Winner's Circle in 2011, losing two final-round appearances to teammate and current points leader Del Worsham.
But for a driver educated in the rich history of NHRA Drag Racing, Dixon has one strong advantage heading into the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park—the most wins of any Top Fuel driver at Englishtown. Dixon and NHRA Legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits are tied for the most wins at the famed track, with six a piece.
Both drivers will be on hand this weekend, Garlits, as the NHRA Legend honored during NHRA's 60th anniversary celebration at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and Dixon competing for his first win of the season and a shot to take the points lead from his teammate Worsham with only nine races left before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
"I don't know why I have the record I do at Englishtown, but I definitely like racing there," said Dixon. "You'd have to think the cars and setups I've run over the years are conducive to running well there. It's one of the tracks where my Dad raced so I always enjoy racing there, and I always get some good feelings when I go to a track that's been on our circuit for a long time."
Dixon's strongest competitor this weekend may be the hard charging Matco Tools dragster driven by New Jersey native Antron Brown. Brown has already collected wins at both Las Vegas and Atlanta this season and currently sits fifth in the point standings. After a second-round loss at the recently completed NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Brown hopes to not only get back in the winning groove, but to secure his first Top Fuel victory at his hometown track, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
"It's definitely good times when I come here, back to New Jersey," said Brown, who won this event twice in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category (2005, 2002). "This track has a lot of history for me and New Jersey is where it all began. And racing at home, in front of family and friends, I want to do well. I'm able to lie back, relax and have fun."
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