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Maple Grove

National Drag Racing Association

Dodge NHRA Nationals

September 12 – 16, 2018

Reading, PA

Not even Hurricane Florence could shut down the kick off to the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. Teams from all over the nation weathered the coming storm and headed out to Reading, PA for the 2018 Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. The wet weather created challenges for the teams traveling to the race and for the crews once they got to the infamous track. Everyone was on their A-game.

Team Litton racing were ready to build on their already strong partnership with Worsham Racing in the Top Fuel category. Driver Litton and Co-Crew Chiefs Chuck and Del Worsham, along with crew members James, Todd, Mike and Brian, made plans to hit the track early and get a shot at qualifying deep in the first rounds of competition on Friday afternoon.




The weekend got off to a shaky start for the Team during the first run. In Q1, Driver Litton was up in smoke right at the hit. Per Chief Del Worsham, “I am very disappointed with the tires. We need to dig into that.” The pressure was on for the next round of qualifying to get the Litton Financial Dragster into the big show. Driver Litton was straight down the groove with 3.908 @ 298 MPH clenching the 13th spot in the qualifying order and taking the Team into Sunday’s elimination rounds.

The first elimination match-up placed Driver Litton against Steve Torrence. Despite a great reaction time, Litton fell to points leader Torrence. “Steve is a great competitor and number one in the points for a reason. We will keep trying,” said Driver Litton.

Although disappointed with the outcome, the experience gained in Reading was of great value to this team. “We qualified well, Bill improved with his driving here.
After working on reaction times, first round he went out and had one of his best reaction times against Steve Torrence. I think all in all we came out here and improved and showed that we can run well,” said Chief Worsham.
“I was impressed that Bill was able to improve. I wish I could have given him a better race car today. We all worked hard and did our best. That is all we can do. We will try again.”
Try again they did. The team headed straight to St. Louis to get back in the game and compete at the NHRA Midwest Nationals. Be on the look-out
next week for our post race re-cap of the St. Louis Nationals.
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