Bruce Litton Kicks Off Top Fuel Rust
EDMONTON, Alberta – It has been nearly a year since Bruce Litton last sat in a Top Fuel Dragster.
Saturday evening at Castrol Raceway, he never looked so at home.
Litton, the only driver to have visited every IHRA event in Edmonton since its debut in 2003, returned to the seat of a Top Fuel Dragster this weekend and went to work as only he knows how, rocketing to the top of the charts of Top Fuel and leading the class into Sunday eliminations at the IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Parts Canada at Castrol Raceway.
Tim Boychuk (Nitro Funny Car), Damian Cownden (Nitro Bike), Joey Steckler (Pro 6.90), Joe Delehay (Pro Mod) and Marisha Falk (Jet Dragster) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event in Edmonton, Alberta.
Litton, from Indianapolis, Ind., powered his 10,000-horsepower dragster to the No. 1 qualifying position on Saturday, putting down low elapsed time of the weekend with a 4.839-second pass at 291.52 miles per hour. Ike Maier, from Tottenham, Ontario, was second with a 5.037 at 251.06.
It was Litton’s first time in a dragster since October. The multi-time world champion switched to Nitro Funny Car this season, but returned to Top Fuel for this weekend.
“When we came here in 2003, I never thought I would end up going to all of them. I love coming up here and am so glad to be back this year, back behind the wheel of a dragster,” Litton said. “I have driven dragsters for 20 years, but during my first pass yesterday, I was shocked how quiet it was compared to the Funny Car. Tonight, I was on a really good lap, probably one of the better laps here in the last few years. It felt great to put up a solid number for these great Canadian fans and for our team.”