Rockingham Bruce Litton Wins Holley Spring Nationals

ROCKINGHAM, NC-Please excuse Top Fuel racer Bruce Litton if he jumps and yells and proceeds to dance in celebration. Who could blame him? All one needs to do is to consider the weekend that the 43-year old enclosed trailer dealer from...

ROCKINGHAM, NC-Please excuse Top Fuel racer Bruce Litton if he jumps and yells and proceeds to dance in celebration. Who could blame him? All one needs to do is to consider the weekend that the 43-year old enclosed trailer dealer from Indianapolis, Ind., enjoyed at the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals. Not only did the driver of the Wix Filters presented by The Top Dragster Driving Experience digger announce the formation of a second Top Fuel team, qualify second quickest out of twelve entries and win the event, he also left Rockingham with the points lead.

For the second year in a row, Litton captured the Top Fuel crown at Rockingham. He beat newly christened record holder Clay Millican in the final round. Litton ran a 4.777/303.64 for the victory.

Litton had plenty to be proud of. However, he'll admit that there were plenty of other things that tugged on his emotions.

"This was a weekend that tapped both ends of the emotion spectrum," explained Litton. "We announced the Top Fuel team and we ran well enough to win. But, on the flip side, one of my crewchiefs, Richard Hartman has a grandmother (more affectionately known as Grandma Markley) that is seriously ill in the hospital. As for me, and I know this is kind of odd, but I had a dog for ten years and I had become quite attached to this pet and he died during the weekend."

Litton, who is known by his peers as one of the most humble individuals in the sport continued, "Drag racing has plenty of good times and we have to accept those bad times as well. Through it all, I give all the glory to God and I know I couldn't do anything without him."

Litton earned his berth in the final by stopping Shirley Muldowney and then Jim Head en-route to beating Millican.

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.

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Series Drag
Drivers Jim Head , Clay Millican , Shirley Muldowney , Bruce Litton , Richard Hartman