By Amy and Tim Glover
It was a fast and furious weekend at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce that saw records tied and winners crowned in victory lane in the Southern Nationals.
Larry Dixon tied his role model, Joe Amato, on the all-time Top Fuel Dragster win list with his 52nd Top Fuel Dragster victory against former Southern Nationals winner Brandon Bernstein. Dixon turned in a 3.913-second, 311.49 mph pass against Bernstein’s red-lighting and tire smoking attempt.
“I feel unworthy to tie with Amato,” Dixon said. “I looked up to Prudhomme, Muldowney, Garlits, Amato and others. They didn’t have the opportunity to rack up the numbers like we do now with 23 events per year.”
The winners in Sunday’s Southern National finals celebrate in the winners circle after the event. Pictured from left to right are Pro Stock winner Jeg Coughlin Jr., Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Andrew Hines, Funny Car champ Robert Hight and Top Fuel winner Larry Dixon. Photo by Wanda Glover
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