NHRA Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon shares story of cancer fight

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Three-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon has been one of the sport’s best drivers for nearly 20 years.

What we didn’t know at any point was that Dixon had a bigger fight on his hands in late 2014: a fight with throat cancer.

Dixon shared his cancer story for the first time this week, via two outlets: the Indiana University health blog website and with WRTV sports director Dave Furst in Indianapolis.

“I immediately thought of my kids,” Dixon, a husband and father of three, said via a post for the IU website. “I knew I had to put on a brave face and fight this not just for myself but for my family.”

Dixon completed his final treatment in January 2015 and returned to a Top Fuel Dragster later that year. He had a major crash at Gainesville roughly a year ago this week. Fortunately, not long after that, he scans showed no signs of cancer.

You can read the full story of Dixon’s telling his story for the first time via the IU website as linked above, or, in this video interview he did with Furst in Indianapolis.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.