One of the things the team was working on in Arizona was setting up the car. The NHRA has made some modifications in regard to the position of the motor and fuel tank to improve the balance of the top fuel dragsters. Dixon said the change required a different setup than the team is used to. Larry Dixon will be back in the NHRA top fuel division with Don Prudhomme Racing. The only visible difference will be the familiar blue Miller Lite logos on his dragster will be replaced with orange, blue and white SkyTel letters. Most of his team from last year is still intact. There are four new crew members, but most everyone else is returning. They were able to make some test runs at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., a couple of weeks ago. “Everybody wants to be No. 1, but I certainly wouldn’t trade positions with him,” Dixon said. “I’d rather go in there and put it together.” Schumacher won his third straight NHRA top fuel championship last year. He did it in record fashion, but not the way he is accustomed to. “When we won a few years back, we had won 10 races and it had never been done before,” Schumacher said. “Well, that was a real unique way to do it. Then nine races the year after that. And then to do it, just to be a part of what we did last year, was fantastic.” Schumacher still is amazed how his team rallied at the end of the year. “But in reality, you know, it was unheard of,” Schumacher said. “And it was so exciting that I just can’t come up with a solution. I don’t think you can sit back and say here’s an exact perfect script that would be better than last year.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A two-time NHRA top fuel champion, Dixon struggled through much of 2006. He has 38 career top fuel wins, but didn’t record a single one last year. Tony Schumacher rallied to erase one of the biggest deficits in NHRA history to win the top fuel championship last year. When Dixon was asked if his team had anything for Schumacher this year, he said, “If we don’t, somebody will.” “I think we had more to gain over the winter than he did,” said Dixon, a VanNuys High graduate. “I’m going to go in there and give it our best.” One thing is for sure: Dixon wouldn’t want to be in Schumacher’s place.