LITTON FINALLY GETS HIS IRONMAN AT
BRADENTON DURING FRIDAY NITRO JAM

IHRA Media - 4/19/13

It has been a long time coming for Bruce Litton at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

Nearly 14 years have passed between final round appearances for Litton and his Top Fuel team at the western Florida facility, not because of any lack of performance or team blunders, but because this year marks the International Hot Rod Associations first trip back to Bradenton since 1999.

And what a return it was.

In front of an energetic crowd eager for the return of nitro racing to Bradenton Motorsports Park, Litton powered his way to the Ironman trophy in Top Fuel dragster nearly a decade and a half after he visited the final round and lost in IHRA's last visit to the track. And what a sweet victory it was.
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A LITTLE DRAG RACING DÉJÀ VU FOR
BAILEY, LITTON AT BRADENTON

IHRA Media - 4/19/13

Sun, sand and beautiful beaches, that is the life for former Top Fuel pilot Jim Bailey. 

After decades behind the wheel of anything that would go fast, Bailey finally hung up his helmet and gloves for good just a few years back. Years of 300 mile-per-hour passes and hundreds of earth-shattering runs would finally be replaced with the much slower, much calmer joy of life at the beach. 

Now was the time for rest and relaxation. 

So in 2010, after nearly two decades of vacationing on the Gulf Coast and with dozens of threats that one day he would retire to the Bay area, Bailey finally did. Tired of the cold and dreary conditions in Ohio, Bailey packed up and headed south with his lovely new bride and planted his flag in the town of Bradenton, Florida, far from his old drag racing stomping grounds. 

But as they say, life always seems to find a way to catch up to you. 

Bailey called it quits racing in the brutal existence of the world's fastest class in 2001, but he continued to race a beautiful '63 Dodge Max Wedge Stocker from time to time until he put racing behind him for good in the late 2000s. His last ever event win came at an IHRA Summit Pro-Am divisional race in 2007 in Martin, Michigan and since then the car has simply collected dust while Bailey soaked in the rays of Florida living. CONTINUE READING...

 

LITTON TOPS CHARTS IN TOP FUEL RETURN TO SAN ANTONIO ON DAY 1 OF NITRO JAM

IHRA Media - 4/6/13

It was only one year, but boy was it was a long year. 

After a one-year hiatus for Top Fuel at San Antonio Raceway, the fans of the Alamo City welcomed the world's fastest machines back to the famed facility in overwhelming fashion as Bruce Litton topped the charts and took home the Ironman Friday night at the San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports. 

Other winners during the opening night of the San Antonio Nitro Jam included “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders in his brand new 1970 Mustang-bodied Funny Car in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Ron Hope in Fuel Altered and Jay Turner in Nitro Harley.
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