Denso Spark Plus NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
April 6th-8th, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the place to be for race fans. People from all over the world filled the stands to witness the inaugural four-wide event at the Las Vegas track. The speedway had a sell-out crowd for the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Fans showed up in droves to feel the energy and be a part of the historical event. Four-Wide drag racing has established itself in the Western Region and from the response of the fans and race competitors, you can bet it’s here to stay.
Once again, Team Litton Racing joined forces with Randy Meyer Racing to compete in the Top Alcohol Dragster division. Although race fans were eager to get the first glimpse of the newly constructed track, breaking in a new strip can bring many challenges for the driver and race team.
Driver Bill Litton, Crew Chief Randy Meyer, Assistant Crew Chief Dan Pomponio, and crew members Mary, JJ, Howard, Ted, and Glenn knew they had to bring their A – game. The first round of qualifying took off with a smooth run reaching the finish line in 5.42 seconds @ 270 mph. Driver Litton rolled into the next round of qualifying 5.39 @ 271 mph holding on to the #6 spot. The 3rd and final qualifying run on Saturday showed improvement, finishing at 5.34 @ 272.9 mph still holding on to the #6 qualifying spot. “After a trick race track, being an all new surface, we have come out in pretty good shape. Bill being the #6 qualifier with 5.34, looking pretty good going into eliminations,” said Chief Meyer. “On Saturday we will be running first round eliminations to see if we can continue onward up the eliminations ladder, and hope for the best.”
After qualifying in a solid position, Driver Bill Litton was optimistic going into first round eliminations. Per Litton, “Randy, Dan, and the team have worked hard to give me a steady race car. We improved a little every round so far and hope to continue that trend right to the final round!”. It was a first time match up for Bill and Driver Kim Parker in the first round of eliminations and wow, was this a close one, with only .015th of a second between them! “Bill’s up, and as the light comes down green, both cars leave pretty good, we are having a bit of ignition issues with Bill’s car, dropping some holes and picking them back up. Didn’t run as strong as we had hoped for, ending up coming up just a little bit short. 5.44 seconds and the other car ran 5.43 seconds,” said Randy Meyer.