Bruce Litton Extends Points Lead With Third Consecutive Final Round Appearance DARLINGTON, SC-- Bruce Litton would rather see things from the positive side. He found a heap of positives during the rescheduled IHRA Prolong Super Lubricants ...
Bruce Litton Extends Points Lead With Third Consecutive Final Round Appearance
DARLINGTON, SC-- Bruce Litton would rather see things from the positive side. He found a heap of positives during the rescheduled IHRA Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals at Darlington, S.C., where he reached his third consecutive final round in as many races. He may have lost a tough match against Don Lampus at the event, but he did wonders for his existing points lead with his runner-up finish. This was the second consecutive time that he and Lampus had met in the finals. Litton posted his first career Top Fuel victory at the Holley Spring Nationals at the expense of Lampus.
"I can honestly say that I know how Don felt after the finals in Rockingham," explained Litton in a post-race interview. "I feel fortunate to be on top of the points standings at this point in time. I would really rather be at the top when it is over. But, for now, I am happy where I am at. I have to give a lot of credit to my hard working crew. They have provided me with a car worthy of making three finals."
Litton began eliminations as the fourth seeded entry by posting a 4.899/255.58 during the initial March qualifying sessions.
He met the entry of Chris Karemesines in the first round and was granted a solo when breakage forced the "Golden Greek" to shut-off on the starting line. Litton attempted a strong pass, but wisely shut-off to prevent breakage and coasted to a 5.574/173.07.
Litton then received another "gift" when Luigi Novelli, who knocked off low qualifier Jim Bailey in the first round, had problems on the burnout and forfeited the match. Bruce then stormed to another shut-off 5.036/228.11 lap.
Because he chose to click off early during the semis, it cost Litton the lane choice in the finals against Don Lampus. Lampus used it to his advantage and chose the left lane. He had posted a 4.768/297.94 in the round prior and nearly duplicated the feat during the final round as he stormed to a 4.802/288.39. Litton put forth a valiant effort, but was forced to abandon the run and slowed to a 9.16/93.
Litton plans to continue his championship conquest at the IHRA Amalie Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill., June 18-20. Litton, along with each Top Fuel contestant, will be afforded two qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest eight entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.