NHRA Indefinitely Suspends Larry Dixon

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Former NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon has been indefinitely suspended by the sanctioning body. (Rick Rodriguez photo)

GLENDORA, Calif. — Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon has been indefinitely suspended by the sanctioning body over an unapproved chassis tag on the two-seat dragster he recently unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The news was confirmed via a statement from the NHRA on Monday, citing violations of Section 1.3.1 Participant Conduct and Section 1.6.3 Chassis Inspection of the NHRA rule book.

Dixon unveiled the Larry Dixon Top Fuel Experience NitroX2 two-seat dragster last week during the SEMA Show, but NHRA officials said in their statement that an unapproved NHRA chassis tag was found on the two-seater.

A 62-time national event winner in Top Fuel competition, Dixon won the series championship back-to-back in 2002 and 2003 for Don Prudhomme Racing, adding a third title in 2010 after switching over to Alan Johnson’s Al-Anabi Racing team.

More recently, Dixon drove for his own Top Fuel team, debuting the operation at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. in March.

However, that race came with controversy as well, after Dixon was ordered to remove the World Series of Drag Racing logo from his dragster. The request was complied with when Dixon covered the logo with tape before finishing the weekend,

His most recent national event victory came in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class, while Dixon also won the Division 3 Cavalcade of Stars at Norwalk’s Summit Motorsports Park in May.

Dixon, 51, can appeal the suspension per the guidelines within the NHRA rule book.

NHRA Communications contributed to this staff report.

Comments 3

  1. I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! I haven’t attended ONE NHRA event this year…NHRA events, and especially “The Big Go”, were gone to, since 1971, when I was 4 yrs old. Not to mention, the absolute disgraceful way amateur classes/racers (Stock, Super Stockers, Modified, Super Gas, etc.) are treated I can no longer stomach.

  2. This is Very Stupid From NHRA ….FINE THE MAN PUT HIM PROBATION….. JUST WHAT LIKE NASCAR DO… SUSPEND THE CREW CHIEF FINE HIM…BIT DON’T KILL THE WHOLE TEAM

  3. NHRA has become a joke. A BAD JOKE. I’m a lifelong drag racing fan who spent my youth watching the likes of Ramchargers, Sox & Martin, Shirley, Garlits, Prudhomme, McEwen, Kalitta and the list goes on and on. Take the ‘Countdown’ and put it where the sun doesn’t shine. Run a full 1/4 mile. Ditch the 4-wide circus… Now I can understand the suspension if Dixon used a counterfeit chassis tag. Safety first. But to make the guy remove a logo connected to a rival sanctioning body is weak and shows that NHRA knows they’re in trouble. I remember when you used to see IHRA logos on a ton of Pro cars running an NHRA National event. And what’s with the wishy-washy decisions regarding Pro Stock? If Kalitta, Force or Schumacher ever decided to pull out of the sport – NHRA’s DONE. Just my two cents…

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