Battle of Top Fuel titans headlines huge nitro lineup
Nitro Jam Media
Jan 25, 2011
From the very beginning of the sport, Top Fuel racing has been headlining drag racing events across North America.
Whether it is the bright orange header flames lighting up the night sky or the incredible speeds produced by these “Kings of the Quarter-mile”, the rush of Top Fuel racing has been an exciting part of the drag racing landscape for decades. And in 2011, that tradition will continue as Nitro Jam features the quickest and fastest race machines on the planet at Nitro Jam events throughout the country as former champions Bobby Lagana Jr. and Bruce Litton battle it out for the title of Nitro Jam’s top dog.
“Top Fuel has always been a part of Nitro Jam and this year we will be featuring two of the best in the business competing in front of thousands of screaming fans all across North America. Simply put, these are the fastest and most exciting race machines on the planet and we are proud to have them be a part of our series,” said Nitro Jam President Aaron Polburn. “With the field narrowed to only the best of the best, I foresee some of the best racing in the history of the class. And when you throw in four additional nitro classes it is easy to see why Nitro Jam is the fastest growing motorsports event in the country.”
In 2011, defending Nitro Jam champion Bobby Lagana and ’07 champ Bruce Litton will duke it out in the sports fastest class to determine who truly is the top Top Fuel racer in Nitro Jam competition today. And to make the pairing even more interesting, their rivalry will be renewed just one season after their epic championship battle in 2010.
Last year Litton and Lagana traded the Top Fuel points lead nearly half a dozen times before Lagana finally pulled out the win with a brilliant victory in the final pass of the year to narrowly escape with his first career Top Fuel championship.
In addition to dominating the final point standings, the pair also owned every statistical category during the ’10 season including combining for 14 wins and 24 final rounds. Now, the two most dominating drivers in Nitro Jam competition over the past two years will square off in what promises to be an epic battle for the sport’s biggest prize – a Nitro Jam championship Ironman.
Headlining the pair of Top Fuel gladiators is Lagana. A native of Scarsdale, NY, Lagana finally had the breakout season he has been waiting for with a career-best eight victories and four runner-ups in 10 races on his way to his first career championship. After years traveling with and coming up just short on the Nitro Jam tour, Lagana’s breakout victory puts him in an elite class of Top Fuel champions. For his career, Lagana enters the 2011 season with 12 career wins in 24 finals.
In the other lane is Nitro Jam’s living legend Bruce Litton. Based in Indianapolis, Ind., Litton holds an impressive streak of 12 consecutive years finishing in the top five in points including one championship coming in 2007 and five championship runner-ups. For his career Litton has racked up an impressive 22 victories in 61 final rounds.
Last year Litton came just shy of adding a second championship to his resume with six victories in 12 finals, including finishing with an impressive 24-13 round win-loss record. Hungry for a second title after years as a bridesmaid, Litton and the Lucas Oil team will be going all-out against their rival this season.
It is a highly anticipated matchup between two of the heavyweights of the sport and it is a pairing that will only add to the already huge lineup of nitro classes this season. And when you throw in dozens of additional show elements, the 2011 Nitro Jam season promises to be the biggest yet.
And it all gets underway at Palm Beach International Raceway the weekend of January 28-29 at the Palm Beach Nitro Jam. Don’t miss being a part of the biggest season in Nitro Jam history at an event near you!