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After Countdown Winning Streak Ends at Six, Torrence Loses Point Lead
READING, Pa. – The magic that carried Steve Torrence to a sweep of the 2018 NHRA playoffs was unexpectedly absent Sunday as the reigning Mello Yello Champion and his usually flawless Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster fell to Clay Millican in the first round of the 35th annual Mopar Express Lane Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
After struggling through the qualifying process and winding up in the No. 8 slot, Torrence surrendered a narrow starting line advantage to the six-time former IHRA World Champion in their first round shootout and simply couldn’t make up the deficit at the finish, losing by .007 of a second.
The first of six races in the 2019 Countdown to the Championship was no kinder to Billy Torrence, Steve’s dad and the founder and CEO of Capco Contractors, who grabbed an early lead before his dragster lost traction and fell back against...
Torrence Takes Win Streak to Playoffs
MELLO YELLO CHAMP DEFENDS TITLE AT MAPLE GROVE
READING, Pa. – Drag racing is a “what have you done for me lately” sport and since Steve Torrence and his all-conquering Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster have gone four races
without celebrating a single NHRA tour victory, the minority viewpoint is that the reigning Mello Yello Champion is in a slump.
If so, it’s the kind of “slump” for which most of his Top Fuel rivals gladly would gnaw off an arm or a leg.
In fact, entering this week’s 35th annual Mopar Express Lane Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the first of the six races comprising the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, it would be difficult to find anyone who would bet against the Capco Kid, crew chief Richard Hogan and their gang of outlaws and misfits.
After all, they’ve already won eight times this year and despite the aforementioned “slump,” the talented Torrence won his record third...
Champions Collide and Combine for Good Cause
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 5, 2019) – Boxing legend and former WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Heavyweight Champion of the World Larry Holmes will be making his first trek to the NHRA Dodge Nationals in Reading, Penn., to team up with two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Cruz Pedregon in promoting his foundation, "Heart of a Legend."
“I have been fortunate to be able to have met some great sports, and entertainment celebrities at the race tracks over the years,” said Pedregon. “I have had the pleasure of meeting people like Carlos Santana, Bill Goldberg and Gene Simmons, but honestly, I have never been more excited to meet an athlete than I am with Larry "The Easton Assassin" Holmes. Growing up, Muhammad Ali was my hero, but Larry Holmes was my favorite athlete. I have seen and studied every one of his boxing matches and have followed his life beyond the ring, which is why I am so happy to get involved with his foundation."