Now it was a day for milestones about summit racing equipment southern nationals at Atlanta Dragway on Sunday. On Autoweek news said Larry Dixon won for for the 52nd time in his career, which tied him for second on the all-time Top Fuel career victory list with Joe Amato, and Pro Stocker Jeg Couglin Jr. won for the 50th time in his pro career, joining an elite NHRA club.
“I feel unworthy,” Dixon said. “You look at the people I looked up to when I was coming up: Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney and Joe Amato. Those were ‘The guys.’
“The guys I looked up to didn’t race 23 times a year, like I do. I have more of a chance to get those numbers up.”Coughlin, who has 64 total wins when you combine his pro and amateur victories, said the timing of the win was very special for himself and his family.
“It’s very exciting,” said Coughlin. “I passed 50 wins total a couple years ago, and I thought I was done with 50. I was reminded here lately of the next plateau, which is 50 wins in Pro Stock. “To celebrate it here in JEG’s 50th anniversary year is special and ironic. I’m blessed to do what I do, and I have some great people around me.”
Also on Sunday, Robert Hight won his second consecutive Funny Car race in the AAA Ford Mustang.
Dixon’s Al-Anabi Racing dragster was as tough as they came at Atlanta. His car’s strength was likely the primary reason Dixon’s final round opponent, Brandon Bernstein and the Copart dragster, jumped the green light and fouled out. Dixon’s victory lap was in 3.913 seconds at 311.49 mph.read more to autoweek