BRISTOL, Tenn.-Bruce Litton sat out the first qualifying session for the NHRA's inaugural Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals yesterday, but as it turned out, it didn't matter. Litton feels right at home at Bristol Dragway, and he should, having...
BRISTOL, Tenn.-Bruce Litton sat out the first qualifying session for the NHRA's inaugural Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals yesterday, but as it turned out, it didn't matter.
Litton feels right at home at Bristol Dragway, and he should, having grown up in Oneida before leaving the state for Indianapolis.
This is the track where he qualified for his first Top Fuel event in 1996 and finished this event as the runner-up. Litton was also the No. 1 qualifier one year later in this division and has recorded three top dragster quick eight victories.
So it's not surprising that Litton qualified ninth in his only pass coming during the evening session while competing against such well-heeled Top Fuel teams as No. 1 qualifier Kenny Bernstein and Gary Scelzi.
Litton turned up the wick on his Wix Filters-sponsored dragster for an elapsed-time quarter-mile pass of 4.745 seconds at 304.60 mph. His car ran hard and true all the way through.
Litton has two more qualifying runs today if he wants to use them, in preparation for tomorrow's head-to-head eliminations.
The performance was a nice continuation from last weekend's IHRA tour stop in Dinwiddie, Va., where his 4.729 and 308.78 put him No. 3 on the final qualifying ladder, and he reached the semifinals.
While he has performed well in the four races this season since the mid-January fired that turned his racing operation into a pile of ruble, the one thing that is missing in 2001 is a visit to victory lane.
If he succeeds, Litton's homecoming would be complete.
Litton's progress for another Tennessee victory can be followed by turning to his website at www.brucelitton.com.