Richmond: Bruce Litton post race

DINWIDDIE, Va.-Bruce Litton may have seen enough of Paul Romine to last him for a long time, and it's only two races into the 2001 IHRA season. In the finals of the season opener in Rockingham, N.C., three weeks ago, the defending Top Fuel world...

DINWIDDIE, Va.-Bruce Litton may have seen enough of Paul Romine to last him for a long time, and it's only two races into the 2001 IHRA season.

In the finals of the season opener in Rockingham, N.C., three weeks ago, the defending Top Fuel world champion edged the Wix Filters-sponsored Litton by .051 seconds or about 22 feet to capture the event.

During the semifinals of the ACDelco Nationals presented by Chevrolet yesterday, Romine prevailed again, but this time it was as much tough luck for Litton as it was a strong performance by his fellow Indianapolis rival.


Bruce Litton's Top Fuel. Photo: Greg Gage

This was supposed to be a classic battle between two of the best in Top Fuel. Litton won the battle off the Christmas tree, .485 seconds to .493, but it was all downhill after that when his run suddenly went up in smoke.

Romine made it look easy for the remainder of the quarter-mile run down Virginia Motorsports Park. He produced an elapsed-time pass of 4.938 seconds at 289.45 mph to the 11.092 and 85.94 for Litton.

In the opening elimination pass, the results were just the opposite as Litton flexed the muscle of his Wix Filters dragster against Louie Allison. Allison nailed Litton to the tree (.495 to .554) but could do little else since he was unable to keep up with Litton's power advantage. Litton breezed to a 4.776/309.42 to 5.023/278.75 victory.

Litton was strong during qualifying and concluded Friday's time trials in second place off his run of 4.729 and 308.78. The Indy resident attempted to turn up the "Wix" for his final pass Saturday night but fell short of improving with a 4.754/309.27. Still, he entered yesterday's eliminations nestled snugly in the third spot.

Litton now will spend the next two weeks figuring out a way to get past Romine before the IHRA tour travels North of the Border for the Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals from June 1-3 in Grand Bend, Ont.

To keep up with Litton as he tries to dislodge Romine from the top-fuel championship this season turn to his website at www.brucelitton.com.

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Series Drag
Drivers Paul Romine , Bruce Litton , Louie Allison