Atlanta Bruce Litton Saturday qualifying

COMMERCE, Ga.-Bruce Litton admits that the 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals provided him with valuable data that he can save for a rainy day. Unlike last weekend when Litton used only two of the allotted four runs...

COMMERCE, Ga.-Bruce Litton admits that the 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals provided him with valuable data that he can save for a rainy day.

Unlike last weekend when Litton used only two of the allotted four runs to handily qualify ninth at Bristol, Tenn., to reach the show on Sunday, the Indianapolis-based driver failed to make it down the track under power in two of the three times he traveled Atlanta Dragway.

"We are doing quite a bit of testing out here," explained Litton. "Naturally, I am disappointed that we didn't make it down the track every time, but that's the nature of the beast. When you branch out and test new things, it's not always going to work."

Fortunately, he needed to make only one good pass this weekend to advance into the eliminations. In yesterday's first run, Litton posted a sparkling elapsed time for the quarter-mile in 4.752 seconds at 309.27 mph in his Wix Filters-sponsored dragster. The clocking was good enough for him to finish the trials as the 11th quickest.

The other two runs have to be of grave concern to Litton as the conditions today are expected to duplicate what the drivers experienced yesterday. He also has a very tough first-round opponent in Doug Herbert. Herbert, who qualified sixth at 4.632 seconds, is a four-time IHRA top-fuel champion.

The problems began for Litton with his first pass on Friday and had to shut it down early. The culprit was a broken blower belt.

During the final session of qualifying, the Littonmobile went up in smoke 200 feet into the run as indicated by the numbers on his run of 8.466/98.04.

Litton worked the (last) night away to prepare for Herbert as he hopes to make it at least to the second round like he did in Thunder Valley.

Litton's progress can be charted on his website of www.brucelitton.com.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Bruce Litton