Phoenix Bruce Litton Qualifying Story

PHOENIX, AZ. - For a man that couldn't qualify at a single NHRA/Winston Championship Drag Racing Series event, Bruce Litton sure is making up for lost time. The driver of the Wix Filters presented by the Top Dragster Driving Experience Top Fuel ...

PHOENIX, AZ. - For a man that couldn't qualify at a single NHRA/Winston Championship Drag Racing Series event, Bruce Litton sure is making up for lost time. The driver of the Wix Filters presented by the Top Dragster Driving Experience Top Fuel dragster continued his upward trend by qualifying ninth at the CSK Nationals in Phoenix, AZ.

Litton was 12th after the first day of qualifying at Firebird Raceway.

"We knew that the field was going to pick up today and we adjusted accordingly," confided Litton. "I wanted to put up a run that would put us solid in the field, yet afford us to experiment a little during the final session."

Litton got off on a good note in the first session on Saturday and continued his upward progression by hammering out a 4.694/314.04. He ran the number opposite Doug Herbert and it was good enough for the eighth spot.

The run was actually predicted by his crew prior to the run.

Litton explained, "My crewchiefs (Richard Hartman, Nick Bonifante, Jr. and Mike Wolfarth) told me what I was going to run down to the third number. I didn't believe them, but I'll learn to listen to them more from now on."

On the final qualifying attempt, Litton left strong only to encounter serious tire shake and wisely aborted the run.

For the second NHRA event in a row, Litton will face Kenny Bernstein. Bernstein gains lane choice in the first round by a .005 quicker qualifying lap.

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.

For the latest in Bruce Litton news, visit his website at www.brucelitton.com or drag racing's Internet magazine with an attitude at www.competitionplus.com.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Bruce Litton , Kenny Bernstein , Richard Hartman