Dixon Out-duels Brown in All-Toyota Top Fuel Final At Norwalk
For the second time in three weeks it was a Larry Dixon-Antron Brown all-Toyota Top Fuel final and once again Dixon came away victorious by the narrowest of margins - .002 seconds - at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, Sunday.
The weekend ran true to form as Dixon and Brown qualified one-two heading into today’s elimination rounds, with Dixon earning his fourth pole of the season with a 3.780 run on Friday night. The Al-Anabi Racing driver then defeated Troy Buff, Doug Foley and Tony Schumacher on his way to the finals. Brown, who qualified in the top two for the sixth time in the last 11 races, eliminated Luigi Novelli, Pat Dakin and Cory McClenathan.
The victory was the second in a row for Dixon at Summit Motorsports Park and a series-high seventh of the season - his sixth in the last nine races. He now owns a 176-point lead in the Top Fuel championship point race.
For Brown, this weekend marked his fifth finals appearance of the season, with Dixon defeating him in each of the last three. His third straight semi-final or final showing has pushed him into fourth place in the Top Fuel point standings.
Final round results from Sunday’s fourth annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, 13th race in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Series:
FUNNY CAR – Tim Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Mustang, 4.191, 300.40 mph, def. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang, 4.272, 290.88 mph.
TOP FUEL – Larry Dixon, Indianapolis, Ind., Al-Anabi dragster, 3.880, 313.29 mph, def. Antron Brown, Brownsburg, Ind., Matco Tools dragster, 3.9i07, 307.65 mph.
PRO STOCK – Greg Anderson, Mooresville, N.C., Summit Pontiac GXP, 6.722, 204.59 mph, def. Allen Johnson, Greeneville, Tenn., Mopar Dodge Avenger, 6.982, 159.38 mph.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE – Matt Smith, King, N.C., Al-Anabi Buell, 7.076, 188.36 mph, def. Hector Arana, Milltown, Ind., Lucas Oil Buell, 7.080, 188.52 mph.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER – Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., A/FD, 5.384, 262.44 mph, def. Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., TAD, 5.449, 257.78 mph.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR – Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., 2010 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 5.602, 259.36 mph, def. Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., 2010 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 5.623, 255.89 mph.