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DARLINGTON, SC - For man that one his first national event title in Top Fuel just last season, Bruce Litton seems to be making up for lost time. The veteran Top Fuel driver, who pilots the Wix Filters presented by the Top Dragster Driving...

DARLINGTON, SC - For man that one his first national event title in Top Fuel just last season, Bruce Litton seems to be making up for lost time. The veteran Top Fuel driver, who pilots the Wix Filters presented by the Top Dragster Driving Experience Top Fueler, is considered to be a frontrunner for the IHRA World Championship in the nitro-burning division. He knows that the bid to capture such an honor starts at this weekend's IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC.

"We had a chance to go out on the West Coast and do some testing and I think we're pretty well set for the upcoming season," explained Litton. "I am a stickler for preparation before tackling a project. I think we have done our homework. We'll just have to see how well we do on our tests."

Litton provided an excellent example of the merits of a quick start last year. The Indianapolis, Ind., native reached the final round of the season-opening event last year in Bradenton after the Darlington event was postponed due to rain. He went on to post a win at the next event in Rockingham as well as a runner-up at the rescheduled event in Darlington. Litton led the points chase for much of the season before encountering a late-season slump and falling to third place.

He's yet to post a single round win in 2000, despite two national events under the NHRA sanction. Both times he lost to former IHRA champion Kenny Bernstein after qualifying well. He also posted a 4.69 best elapsed time while at the event in Phoenix.

The team will make their 2000 season-opening national event debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals this week, March 9 -11 in Darlington, SC. The event will be televised on TNN.

The Top Dragster Driving Experience has retained Litton's team to carry out their marketing program with WIX Filters. Top Dragster Driving Experience President Joel Collins feels the triangle marketing partnership between WIX Filters, his company and Litton's team provides a future example for other teams aspiring to run Top Fuel.

Wix Filters stands as one of the World's top filtration companies and was founded in 1939. Wix manufactures quality products for the automotive, heavy-duty, agricultural, industrial, and specialty filter markets, including oil, air, fuel, cabin interior, and hydraulic filters. In addition to the Wix brand, they manufacture filters for major aftermarket companies and some of the largest OEM's. You will find their top quality, high performance filters on everything from passenger cars and light trucks to farm and construction equipment, industrial air cleaners, and Top Fuel dragsters.

For the latest in Bruce Litton news, visit his website at www.brucelitton.com or drag racing's Internet magazine with an attitude at www.competitionplus.com.

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