The new owner of the #34 ITA Saturn, Jeff Lawton, absolutely destroyed the track record in qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the August 23-24 weekend. Unfortunately, it was not official because it wasn’t in a race. Nevertheless, NO ITA car had ever before recorded such a time. The old track record was a 1:15.7 by an NX2000 with 156 HP. Jeff turned a 1:15.0 and had two other laps in that session that were below the 1:15.7.
Jeff credits some of the speed to recent engine improvements. And he says, "We also think we have the set-up down (finally, after three years…..) 650 front springs, 850 rear, 17.mm rear bar at middle setting. Had the rear shocks re-valved to the new 8611 spec (which helped the bouncing back end) Yes, the tracks are very bumpy up here!!"
If all goes well, he hopes to install a larger aluminum radiator soon, because he says, "It runs hot….. And it loses serious power when it’s hot." Imagine what he could do if it were cool!