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November 12, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Drag racer Larry Dixon and his crew chief Alan Johnson will arrive in Pomona this weekend in much better spirits than when they left in February. Dixon is only one point behind reigning champion Tony Schumacher as the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Full Throttle Series closes its season at Auto Club Raceway, with Dixon trying to snap Schumacher's remarkable streak of five consecutive titles. The series also had opened its season in Pomona in February, when Dixon - a two-time champion from Van Nuys - and Johnson started with a whimper by failing to even qualify for the event's final eliminations.
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February 14, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Del Worsham and Larry Dixon, two former drag-racing champions and Southern California natives, are back on track in 2013 - literally. After winning the 2011 title in drag racing's fastest class, top fuel, Worsham took last year off to be crew chief for Alexis DeJoria, who was a rookie last year in funny car, the other elite class in the National Hot Rod Assn. Now Worsham, 43, is again driving a funny car himself, which he had done for most of his career, as the NHRA opens its season this weekend with the Winternationals in Pomona.
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June 6, 2010 | Wire and staff reports
Denny Hamlin won again at Pocono, pulling away from teammate Kyle Busch following a late restart Sunday in the 500-mile race at the massive 2.5-mile oval in Long Pond, Pa. The victory was Hamlin's fourth of the season and fourth in nine starts at the "tricky triangle." Busch held off Tony Stewart for second in his 200th start. Points leader Kevin Harvick was fourth, followed by four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson . The start was delayed 90 minutes by rain, then another 10 minutes or so while officials patched a pothole at the end of pit road inadvertently opened up by a jet dryer.
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November 14, 2010 | By Larry Stewart
A first-round eliminations shocker opened the door for John Force to raise his National Hot Rod Assn. record to 15 national championships Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona. And Force, a 61-year-old funny car legend, completed the deal with a thrilling second-round victory over Bob Bode. That gave Force enough points to pass 27-year-old Matt Hagan, who came into the eliminations with a 38-point lead. The stage was set for Force by a bevy of upsets in the first round.
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November 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday and Mark Webber hung on for second to give Red Bull a one-two finish in the final Formula One race of the season. Brawn GP driver Jenson Button, who had already wrapped up the drivers' championship, was third after pushing Webber to the line. Rubens Barrichello and BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top five at the new Yas Marina circuit. Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi, filling in for the injured Timo Glock, was sixth and earned his first Formula One points, finishing ahead of teammate Jarno Trulli and Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi.
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June 27, 2010 | Wire reports
Soaked in champagne and poised to become the first American ranked first in the world, Cristie Kerr was left amazed and nearly speechless after completing one of the most dominating performances at the LPGA Championship — and any other major, for that matter. "It's a dream performance," Kerr said Sunday after winning her second major title by a whopping 12 strokes at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. "It's like you wake up or you dream — I can't even speak right now."
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February 11, 2002 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You want storylines for the Powerade NHRA Drag Racing Series? In top fuel on Sunday at the 42nd K&N Filters Winternationals, the Kenny Bernstein-Larry Dixon rivalry picked up where it left off in 2001. Funny car champion John Force nearly cried in a news conference. And the pro stock winner was the last qualifier in the 16-man field and won by 9/10,000th of a second--about three inches. Dixon, Force, and George Marnell were the winners in front of about 40,000 at Pomona Raceway.
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September 23, 2004 | By Tim Haddock
Larry Dixon set a track record at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona and took over the lead in the National Hot Rod Assn. top-fuel standings. Dixon has a one-point lead over Tony Schumacher after recording the fastest top-fuel time in qualifying Friday for the season-ending NHRA Finals. His speed of 318.99 mph was a track record and his time of 3.801 seconds was 0.008 of a second better than Spencer Massey, the second-fastest qualifier. "The last time I was in Pomona, I didn't race on Sunday," said Dixon, a Van Nuys High graduate and two-time NHRA top-fuel champion.
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November 15, 2009 | By Tim Haddock
Seeing Tony Schumacher wearing one of his National Hot Rod Assn. top-fuel championship leather jackets during breakfast Sunday morning didn't look too much out of place. It was a pretty chilly morning for the NHRA season finale at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Had it been 100 degrees, Schumacher probably still would have worn one of his six championship jackets. Schumacher, with a hint of premonition, a sprinkle of confidence and proudly donning a reminder of his drag racing dominance, addressed friends and sponsors in the garage area before driver introductions.
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November 16, 2009 | Tim Haddock
Seeing Tony Schumacher wearing one of his National Hot Rod Assn. top-fuel championship leather jackets during breakfast Sunday morning didn't look too much out of place. It was a pretty chilly morning for the NHRA season finale at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Had it been 100 degrees, Schumacher probably still would have worn one of his six championship jackets. Schumacher, with a hint of premonition, a sprinkle of confidence and proudly donning a reminder of his drag racing dominance, addressed friends and sponsors in the garage area before driver introductions.
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June 27, 2010 | Wire reports
Soaked in champagne and poised to become the first American ranked first in the world, Cristie Kerr was left amazed and nearly speechless after completing one of the most dominating performances at the LPGA Championship — and any other major, for that matter. "It's a dream performance," Kerr said Sunday after winning her second major title by a whopping 12 strokes at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. "It's like you wake up or you dream — I can't even speak right now."
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June 6, 2010 | Wire and staff reports
Denny Hamlin won again at Pocono, pulling away from teammate Kyle Busch following a late restart Sunday in the 500-mile race at the massive 2.5-mile oval in Long Pond, Pa. The victory was Hamlin's fourth of the season and fourth in nine starts at the "tricky triangle." Busch held off Tony Stewart for second in his 200th start. Points leader Kevin Harvick was fourth, followed by four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson . The start was delayed 90 minutes by rain, then another 10 minutes or so while officials patched a pothole at the end of pit road inadvertently opened up by a jet dryer.
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November 16, 2009 | Tim Haddock
Seeing Tony Schumacher wearing one of his National Hot Rod Assn. top-fuel championship leather jackets during breakfast Sunday morning didn't look too much out of place. It was a pretty chilly morning for the NHRA season finale at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Had it been 100 degrees, Schumacher probably still would have worn one of his six championship jackets. Schumacher, with a hint of premonition, a sprinkle of confidence and proudly donning a reminder of his drag racing dominance, addressed friends and sponsors in the garage area before driver introductions.
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November 15, 2009 | By Tim Haddock
Seeing Tony Schumacher wearing one of his National Hot Rod Assn. top-fuel championship leather jackets during breakfast Sunday morning didn't look too much out of place. It was a pretty chilly morning for the NHRA season finale at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Had it been 100 degrees, Schumacher probably still would have worn one of his six championship jackets. Schumacher, with a hint of premonition, a sprinkle of confidence and proudly donning a reminder of his drag racing dominance, addressed friends and sponsors in the garage area before driver introductions.
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November 12, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Drag racer Larry Dixon and his crew chief Alan Johnson will arrive in Pomona this weekend in much better spirits than when they left in February. Dixon is only one point behind reigning champion Tony Schumacher as the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Full Throttle Series closes its season at Auto Club Raceway, with Dixon trying to snap Schumacher's remarkable streak of five consecutive titles. The series also had opened its season in Pomona in February, when Dixon - a two-time champion from Van Nuys - and Johnson started with a whimper by failing to even qualify for the event's final eliminations.
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November 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday and Mark Webber hung on for second to give Red Bull a one-two finish in the final Formula One race of the season. Brawn GP driver Jenson Button, who had already wrapped up the drivers' championship, was third after pushing Webber to the line. Rubens Barrichello and BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top five at the new Yas Marina circuit. Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi, filling in for the injured Timo Glock, was sixth and earned his first Formula One points, finishing ahead of teammate Jarno Trulli and Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi.
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October 29, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rookie top fuel driver Larry Dixon, tabbed by Don Prudhomme as his replacement after Prudhomme retired last year, upset two-time National Hot Rod Assn. champion Scott Kalitta on Saturday in the finals of the 11th Budweiser Classic and collected $100,000. If the 29-year-old driver from North Hills can repeat his win in today's Winston Select Final at the Pomona Raceway, he would receive a $50,000 bonus, in addition to the first prize of $40,000.
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April 8, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Larry Dixon continued to set a dominating pace in NHRA Top Fuel competition, scoring his third victory of the season Sunday in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas. Dixon was consistently quick in his dragster and outran Cory McClenathan in the final round to claim his 19th career victory and first at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dixon covered the quarter-mile in 4.639 seconds at 319.29 mph to cross the finish line in front of McClenathan, who posted a 4.728 at 313.
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September 23, 2004 | By Tim Haddock
Larry Dixon set a track record at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona and took over the lead in the National Hot Rod Assn. top-fuel standings. Dixon has a one-point lead over Tony Schumacher after recording the fastest top-fuel time in qualifying Friday for the season-ending NHRA Finals. His speed of 318.99 mph was a track record and his time of 3.801 seconds was 0.008 of a second better than Spencer Massey, the second-fastest qualifier. "The last time I was in Pomona, I didn't race on Sunday," said Dixon, a Van Nuys High graduate and two-time NHRA top-fuel champion.
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August 29, 2003 | MARTIN HENDERSON
Larry Dixon lives three miles from the drag strip at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and passes it nearly every time he gets on the freeway. He may not get "psyched out" about the place, but acknowledges he has plenty of time to reflect on the site of the 49th Mac Tools U.S.Nationals, which begin with qualifying today as the National Hot Rod Assn. starts its biggest weekend of the year. On those drives into town, the defending top-fuel champion recalls his youth, when his father, Larry Sr.
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