Bruce Litton, Steve Vick and Floyd Cheek Claim Most Improved Kudos At IHRA Awards Banquet LOUISVILLE, KY - On the racetrack, Bruce Litton, Steve Vick and Floyd Cheek are about as different in drag racing style as one could imagine. However, on...
Bruce Litton, Steve Vick and Floyd Cheek Claim Most Improved Kudos At IHRA Awards Banquet
LOUISVILLE, KY - On the racetrack, Bruce Litton, Steve Vick and Floyd Cheek are about as different in drag racing style as one could imagine. However, on one evening this trio was as close in comparison as it gets. Litton, Vick and Cheek were all awarded a Most Improved Driver award during the Snap-on Tools IHRA Awards Banquet presented by Weisenberg Insurance from their respective classes of Top Fuel, Pro Modified and Pro Stock.
"These guys are certainly deserving of the honor," explained IHRA President Bill Bader, who also announced Summit Racing Equipment as the new IHRA Series sponsor with a record posting of ONE MILLION dollars.
"It's always tough to have a bad season, but when a driver can rebound such as these drivers did, it makes it all worthwhile. The pains of the previous season are quickly forgotten. We are extremely proud of these drivers as well as all of those that won the award."
Litton's 1999 was a dream come true. Not only did he rebound from a points finish in the latter half of the top ten in 1998, but he also scored his first national event win back in April of 1999 at the Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC. His dream was further highlighted a week ago when the veteran enclosed trailer dealer from Indianapolis, Ind., signed WIX filters as a major sponsorship through his involvement with the Top Dragster driving experience.
Vick had the most difficult obstacle to overcome. The veteran clutch wizard from Mooresville, NC, rebounded from a crash during the 1997 season at a local Pro Modified Quick Eight, to score a career best third place finish in the IHRA/Snap-On points series. He also won the same award in the drag racing Internet magazine with no holds barred, CompetitionPlus.Com, and their first annual Dot Com Awards. Vick scored three final round appearances, with his lone win coming during the CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI.
Cheek made quick reparation on a tenth place finish that seriously took a shot at his driving confidence. With a change of scenery in joining the Charlie Hunt team, the former Pro Stock champion answered his critics with three national event wins and two runner-ups to ascend to the second place in the final points standings.
Litton will open up his 2000 campaign at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Ca., where he will be testing his new IHRA combination in a race-type atmosphere.
Both Vick and Cheek will make their 2000 debut at the second annual CompetitionPlus.Com Groundhog Warm-up presented by Majesty Homes during the weekend of February 18 - 20 in Darlington, SC. The duo will enjoy unlimited testing on Friday and Sunday, but will participate in a special "Chicago Style" eliminations format on Saturday.
Spectators are encouraged to attend the event, which will have an admission fee of $10 on Saturday.
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