Litt seeks redemption at half mile

JIM CRESSMAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

The world's fastest short-track winged cars will raise the decibel level for all those within earshot of Delaware Speedway tonight.

The Winged Warriors of the U.S.-based Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints Series makes its annual trip north to the half-mile.

Ryan Litt of Lyons is looking for redemption after blowing a tire while leading last year's feature with five laps to go.

"That was a real big disappointment because the car was probably the best we've ever had at Delaware," said the 22-year-old hot shoe. "We were real hooked up -- and we're coming with the same setup this time."

Litt is also coming in on a high after finishing fifth in the USAC-sanctioned Pay Less Little 500 before 10,000 spectators at Anderson, Ind., May 23.

"We always get so many people to that race because we're only half an hour from Indianapolis (and the Indy 500, which goes the following day)," he said.

Litt was fourth in the 2008 Little 500.

"This year wasn't bad," he said after qualifying 16th (50 attempted to qualify for 33 starting positions). "I think we could have done better, but on the first lap there was a melee in front of me and I caught a tire and went up and down pretty hard.

"We stayed out there, but afterwards we found we'd bent some stuff and I think if we didn't have that happen we would have had a lot stronger run. But fifth is good in that race. And I was the only car in the top five this year that was in the top five the year before."

Not bad, considering the crew had been kept busy prior to the Little 500 repairing broken equipment from a crash May 17 in Winchester, Ind.

"We just kept finding more and more stuff wrong after qualifying. We'd been on the road the whole week and didn't have time to get back to the shop."

Three nights before the Little 500, Litt broke the track record at Anderson in an Auto Value Series race, going the quarter-mile in 10.39 seconds, clipping .02 seconds off the old mark.

Also on tonight's program are the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions of the trucks and open-wheel modifieds. Spectator gates open at 6 p.m., super sprint time trials are at 7:30 p.m., and racing at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow night it's the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Delaware 200, the race many area fans have waited for after Delaware severed its association with the old CASCAR Super Series following the 2005 season.

The 2006 season was the first time in 21 years there wasn't a Super Series race at the track where that national touring series was born.

NASCAR bought CASCAR in 2007 and the Canadian Tire Series replaced the Super Series that year. It finally arrives at Delaware with a star-studded lineup of Canadian talent scheduled to take the green flag at 8:30 p.m.

Spectator gates open tomorrow at 1 p.m. for practice. Time trials for the Delaware super stocks are at 4:30 p.m., with NCATS time trials at 5:15 p.m..

The super stock 50-lap feature is at 6 p.m. and has a purse of over $2,000 -- with $1,000 to win.

A wide variety of interactive displays and vendors will be on site. Highlights include a NASCAR souvenir trailer that includes Canadian Tire Series and Sprint Cup Series merchandise.

For more information, visit www.delawarespeedway.com.


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