Litton Prepares for World Championship Title Defense As the memories of a magical 2007 racing season fade, Bruce Litton is ready to turn the page. A few short months removed from claiming his first career Top Fuel world championship, Litton...
Litton Prepares for World Championship Title Defense
As the memories of a magical 2007 racing season fade, Bruce Litton is ready to turn the page. A few short months removed from claiming his first career Top Fuel world championship, Litton and his Lucas Oil Race Team are gearing up for an all-out assault on the 2008 points chase.
"Winning the IHRA championship was very special, something I will never forget," Litton said from his Indianapolis-based race shop. "But I just looked at the calendar and saw its 2008 now. Everyone is even and I know it's going to be a dogfight this season. We'll have to be at the top of our game if we hope to make some noise on the IHRA tour this season. We're confident we can do well again this season, but if we think we can just show up and not put in the work we'll get our tails kicked. We have to work harder this season than we did last season because everyone always guns for the guy with the #1 on his car."
Litton's 2007 Hadman Dragster will look different in 2008 it recently received a fresh coat of paint, but the chassis will be the exact one he drove to three national event victories and the world championship last season.
"We just got done going through the car from front to back and it's in great shape," Litton said. "It's ready to go. We'll take it testing down in Valdosta in early March, then start getting ready for the IHRA season opener in San Antonio."
There will be familiar faces in Litton's pits this season. Though Nicky Boninfante, who helped tune Litton's rail last season, has moved on having been named Crew Chief on Bob Gilbertson's Nitro Funny Car the rest of the crew--Ed Jeffers, Phillip Stuart, Phil Hartmann, Jim Winder, Mike Wolfarth (Car Chief), Mike Henry and Mike Kenaga--will be turning the wrenches again this season. Richard Hartman returns as Crew Chief for his ninth season in the Litton camp.
Glen Camp is also returning to Litton's crew. Camp last worked on the team in 2005 and will be the assistant Car Chief to Mike Wolfarth.
"My crew is amazing," Litton said. "They work so hard to give me a competitive car and they never complain about the long hours or the travel. I owe a lot to those guys--they make it possible for me to do what I do on the track. They're the unsung heroes on this team."
Litton is also pleased to have Lucas Oil on his car for the 11th consecutive season--the longest-running Lucas Oil sponsorship in drag racing.
"Forrest and Charlotte Lucas have been so great for the sport of drag racing, and it's an honor to have them in my corner," Litton said. "Lucas Oil is very committed to racing in general and its companies like Lucas that allow us to do what we do on the track. I never would have won a world championship without their support."
Litton had an exceptional off-season as well. After claiming the IHRA Top Fuel world championship he was named to the American Auto Racing Writer's and Broadcaster's Association All-American Honorable Mention team.
"That meant a lot to me," Litton said. "The AARWBA is a well-respected national organization that deals with every form of motor sports. The fact that they thought enough of my 2007 season to name me to their Honorable Mention team is quite humbling."