‘Western Swing’ Offers New Challenge
TORRENCE SEEKING EIGHTH WIN IN LAST NINE NHRA EVENTS
DENVER, Colo. – Steve Torrence is known for facing challenges head-on, whether it’s battling Hodgkins’ lymphoma as he did as a Texas teenager or chasing drag racing history as he’s done the last three seasons at the wheel of the 11,000 horsepower, 330 mile-an-hour Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster.
The reigning Mello Yello Champion and current point leader, Torrence is the only driver to have won NHRA series championships in both the Top Alcohol and Top Fuel categories, the only driver in any category to have swept the six races comprising the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship and only the second driver (after Tony Schumacher) to race in eight consecutive Top Fuel finals.
He’ll try to extend the latter streak this week at Bandimere Speedway where he competes starting Friday in the 40th annual Dodge Mile-High Nationals, a race he won in 2015 and in which he started from the No. 1...
Reigning Champ Puts Capco Dragster in Eighth Consecutive Final Round
EPPING, N.H. – Steve Torrence continued to set records Sunday, driving his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster into the final round for the eighth straight event, repeating as champion at the NHRA New England Nationals and becoming the first driver, regardless of category, to secure a starting spot in the 2019 playoffs.
In winning for the seventh time this season and for the 26th time in the last 56 tour events, the 36-year-old Texan extended his advantage over second place Doug Kalitta to 477 points with just five races remaining before the points are adjusted for the Countdown to the Mello Yello Championship.
“I want to give all the glory to God and these Capco boys,” said a beaming Torrence. “We had some struggles in qualifying (leading to a No. 9 start, his poorest since he was 14th last February at Phoenix) but (crew chief) Richard Hogan and Bobby Lagana and the boys got it figured out in time to go...
Torrence Nears Another Record
CHAMP EYES THIRD STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON TITLE
EPPING, N.H. – Having forged a record 404-point lead over nearest rival Doug Kalitta, one might be inclined to think that Steve Torrence will lack motivation this week when he sends his Capco Contractors dragster after the Top Fuel championship in the seventh annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.
After all, there’s no particular benefit to further increasing a lead that will be reduced to just 20 points when the NHRA makes its pre-Countdown adjustment following the Labor Day Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind.
Nevertheless, it is unlikely that the reigning Mello Yello Champion and most recent New England Nationals winner will put his team in “test mode” for the final six races of the regular season. That simply is not his style.
“I know what some people are saying,” acknowledged the 33-time tour winner, “but the truth is, we go out there to win every...
East Mountain Transport Partners with Kalitta Motorsports
YPSILANTI, MI (July 3, 2019) –East Mountain Transport, a Florida-based supply chain solution provider, will join Kalitta Motorsports as a marketing partner beginning with the upcoming New England NHRA Nationals, July 5-7. The partnership will extend through the end of the 2019...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 2, 2019) - Origin Labs, pioneers of innovative supplements and energy drinks, has joined forces with Cruz Pedregon Racing for the remainder of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
"Origin is thrilled to be joining forces with a legend of the sport and future Hall of Famer Cruz Pedregon,” said Origin USA, CEO Brian Littlefield. “Cruz and his team embody the work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit required to pursue the American Dream we so deeply cherish. We couldn't think of a better partnership.
"Most people would call Origin Labs a nutritional company, but we are actually a performance-driven technology company. Our delivery platform just happens to be nutrition. We are engineers, designers and, most importantly, free thinkers and just like in racing we strive to be on the forefront to reach our next goal."
Cruz Pedregon Racing will be showcasing Origin Labs newest product, the Jocko Discipline GO brand energy drink. The GO energy drink...
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA® New England Nationals - Epping
Cruz Pedregon and team are heading to the New England Nationals with renewed focus after a week of fine-tuning the Snap-on Dodge® fuel and oil systems. “I’ve always liked the track in Epping,” says Cruz. “I feel like everything is really going to click for us this weekend. We’ve been working late in the shop over the break getting things in perfect condition, and we look forward to seeing it all pay off and the team staying around to work late on Sunday.”
“We took time in the shop to get the car in the best shape possible,” says Crew Chief Glenn Huszar. “We really focused on making sure the fuel and oil systems are running smoothly, and we’re confident this will make the difference for us in Epping.”
After a few tough races, Cruz isn’t scared to make the push to turn things around in New England. He has had good runs in Epping in past years, and the team is looking to score a win this weekend.
McMillen runs low elapsed time of eliminations in first round win
NORWALK, Ohio (June 23, 2019) - Terry McMillen, driver of the AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel dragster posted the low elapsed time of eliminations in his first round win over Austin Prock. The win moves McMillen to ninth in the points standings and just eight points from Richie Crampton. McMillen would turn on the red light in...
TORRENCE BACK IN CONTROL
Reigning Champion Wins Summit Nationals for Second Time
NORWALK, Ohio – Steve Torrence celebrated his nomination for a “Best Driver” ESPY by winning Sunday’s 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park and extending his streak of final round appearances to a personal best seven straight.
Although he admitted he wasn’t fully on his game as a driver, Torrence still managed to get his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster into the winners’ circle for the 12th time in the last 18 Mello Yello tour events and for the sixth time this season.
The 36-year-old Texan beat Ohio native Pat Dakin in a final round that was closer than anyone expected. Torrence won in 3.832 seconds at 323.27 miles per hour. Dakin, making his first NHRA final round appearance since losing to Shirley Muldowney at Montreal, Canada, in 1977, trailed in 3.909 seconds.
It was Torrence’s 33rd victory since turning pro, moving him to within one win of tying...
Torrence Gives as Good as He Gets
MELLO YELLO CHAMP A WINNER OF 24 OF LAST 55 RACES
NORWALK, Ohio – Three years ago, on the eve of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, Steve Torrence suffered a heart attack that forced him to withdraw from the event.
It was the worst thing that could have happened, not to him, perhaps, because it was only a minor episode from which he quickly recovered, but certainly to those against whom he was competing for the Mello Yello championship.
Reminded of the tentativeness of the human condition, a reality to which he first was introduced during his battle with Hodgkins lymphoma, the 36-year-old Texan resolved to live every day as if it was his last.
The laser focus that grew out of that epiphany paved the way to a third place finish in 2016. A year later, he won eight of 24 races including the Summit Nationals and moved up to second and a year ago, he won it all as the first driver in any category to sweep the six races in the NHRA’s...
TORRENCE AMONG ESPY FINALISTS
NHRA Champion Vies for Best Driver Award with Hamilton, Busch, Dixon
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Steve Torrence, who made drag racing history last year when he swept the six races comprising the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, is among four finalists for the Best Driver award to be presented Wednesday, July 10, during the 27th annual ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater.
The 36-year-old Texan will be in select company. The other nominees are 2017 Best Driver ESPY winner Lewis Hamilton from Formula 1, 2016 Best Driver ESPY recipient Kyle Busch from NASCAR and five-time ESPY nominee Scott Dixon from IndyCar.
“I am honored to represent the NHRA and drag racing as a Best Driver ESPY nominee,” Torrence said, “especially since I’m in such select company with Formula 1, Indy Car and NASCAR drivers. It’s just a testament to the dedication and hard work of the Capco boys who put a great car under me every week.”