Litton Banking On Same, But Different Outcome For Amalie Summer Nationals CORDOVA, Ill. - Bruce Litton couldn't have been more pleased to score the Top Fuel win at last season's Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill. That is, until he got...
Litton Banking On Same, But Different Outcome For Amalie Summer Nationals
CORDOVA, Ill. - Bruce Litton couldn't have been more pleased to score the Top Fuel win at last season's Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill. That is, until he got the bill for it.
By virtue of the IHRA's "Black Flag" rule, Litton, the Wix Filters-sponsored, enclosed trailer dealer from Indianapolis, became the first Top Fuel driver to score the dubious of winning an event and leaving the race with less points than the guy he beat in the finals. His two oildowns, one in qualifying and one in eliminations, cost him $1,000 in fines and 50 valuable Summit Drag racing Series points. Talk about a rough day in the office. Litton could give you an earful.
"I was happy that I won, but we had some real problems in Cordova last year," explained Litton, who finished third in the IHRA Top Fuel points last year. "We finally found out what our problem was and this year we've done a lot of testing to try and insure that we don't have that same misfortune. We don't take anything for granted and we are always away of the fact that parts break."
For Litton to break his parts, he's going to have to lean on it really hard considering that everything on his ride is new. That's due in part to a horrible shop fire in January that cost him everything on his racing operation, right down to the transporter and all of the tools and spare engines.
To be in the lead of the points and to have reached the finals twice in three races has Litton feeling like the luckiest man on the planet.
"The Lord Jesus Christ looks out after me," explained Litton, proud of his religious beliefs. "When we looked like we were done, God stepped in and helped us to rebuild better and stronger. I was able to confirm what I knew all along and that was that He'd never leave nor forsake me."
He continued, "It says a lot for my crew. They never wavered, no matter how large the obstacle was. They knew what had to be done and they got it done. I couldn't ask for a better supporting cast."
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