TORRENCE REPEATS AT RICHMOND
Reigning Champion Beats Brown in Final; Extends Top Fuel Point Lead
RICHMOND, Va. – Steady Steve Torrence repeated as Top Fuel champion at the NHRA Virginia Nationals Sunday and, in so doing, became just the ninth driver in history to win as many as 30 tour events in drag racing’s premier division.
The 36-year-old Texan beat his dad, Billy, in the semifinals before edging close friend and arch rival Antron Brown in a classic final to extend his current tour winning streak to three straight. As a result, when racing resumes with the 22nd annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Chicago, May 30-June 2, he will lead Brittany Force by a whopping 160 points.
Sunday, Torrence drove his Capco Contractors dragster through the 1,000-foot course in 3.881 seconds at a finish line speed of 319.22 miles per hour to win for the 22 time in the last 50 tour events. Brown, who has beaten the reigning series champion more often than anyone else in the category...
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Virginia Nationals - Dinwiddie, VA
Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to Virginia Motorsports Park and ready for another win at the Virginia Nationals. "We really feel like we've gotten any bad mojo out of our system and it will be fun to be back on the track again, especially since this race has been a winner for us before," says Cruz. "We were glad to return to Richmond last year since there'd been a 10 year hiatus, and the second year back should be a good one for us. We're ready to put on a good show for everyone in the stands, and fans streaming the race online or watching on FOX Sports."
Crew Chief Glen Huszar and Assistant Crew Chief Nick Casertano are working with the team to prep the car for one of the smoothest tracks on the circuit. They're also keeping an eye on the weather conditions that are predicted to be a little cooler with the possibility of rain. For this race, the Snap-on Dodge® will return to the...
TEXAN SENDS CAPCO DRAGSTER AFTER THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
RICHMOND, Va. – Steve Torrence sends his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster after its third straight tour victory this week when he defends his title in the 12th NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
On the strength of consecutive victories at Charlotte and Atlanta, the talented Texan has roared back into the Top Fuel point lead and put his rivals on notice that, despite a couple of stumbles early in the campaign, he fully intends to repeat as Mello Yello Champion.
When you’ve won 21 of the last 50 NHRA tour events, as Torrence has, it’s hard to be humble, but the 36-year-old cancer survivor is doing his best.
"I’m very confident,” he said, “(and) I think that maybe some of my confidence comes off as cockiness. Looking back on it, maybe some of the ways that I've acted weren’t a true indication of who I really am, and I regret that.
"But, really, I don’t have anything to be cocky about,” he explained...
Team Kalitta looks to continue to dominate 2019 season with four wins in seven races including two each in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and maintains Top Ten point position.
This weekend at the Virginia Nationals Top Fuel standout Doug Kalitta will return to the Toyota Top Fuel dragster he raced during the Houston SpringNationals. The partnership between Toyota, Mac Tools and Team Kalitta strengthens with every...
TORRENCE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT
Reigning Champion Beats 2017 Champ, No. 1 Qualifier in Top Fuel Final
ATLANTA, Ga. – Steve Torrence won a showdown between the top two qualifiers and the two most recent Mello Yello World Champions Sunday, driving his streaking Capco Contractors entry past the dragster of Brittany Force in the final round of the 39th annual Arby’s Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
The victory, the second in as many weeks for the 36-year-old Texan, enabled him to extend his lead to almost 100 points seven races into the 18-event regular season that determines eligibility for the NHRA playoffs.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t a typically overpowering win for the sport’s dominant driver and team.
Although he qualified No. 2, Torrence misfired on two of his three qualifying runs and needed every bit of his driving skill to ease past Shawn Reed in Sunday’s semifinals. Reed actually was quicker on the race track at 3.864 seconds (to Torrence’s 3.876) but...
ATLANTA, Ga. – Life may be good for world drag racing champion Steve Torrence, but don’t expect smiles from the talented Texan when he rolls his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to the starting line for this week’s 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
It’s nothing personal. The most dominant driver over the past three seasons and the current Mello Yello point leader simply has come to the realization that he’s a better driver when he’s able to use “anger management,” as he did last week in winning the NGK 4Wide Nationals at Charlotte, N.C.
“I don’t think I drive my best when I’m relaxed and comfortable,” said the cancer survivor and former Top Alcohol Dragster world champ (2005). “I have to race with a little chip on my shoulder and sometimes that’s misinterpreted. I’m really not mad at anyone, I’m just trying to get myself in race mode.
“I think maybe I was driving a little too defensively...
Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 7 of 24: 2019 Southern Nationals
April 3-5, 2019
Team Kalitta looks to continue to dominate 2019 season with four wins in six races including two each in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and maintains Top Ten point position.
Event 6 of 24: NHRA Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals
April 26-28, 2019
Shawn Langdon Breaks Through
For First Funny Car Win
Every Funny Car win is tough to earn but Shawn Langdon, the driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car, faced one of the toughest finals in modern history. Standing between the second year Funny Car driver...
TORRENCE WINS 4WIDE . . . . AGAIN!
Mello Yello Champ Gets First Win of the Season on Dad’s 61st Birthday
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – To celebrate his dad’s 61st birthday, reigning world champion Steve Torrence drove his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to the quickest time in every round of racing Sunday to win the NGK Spark Plugs 4Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway for the third straight year.
The 36-year-old Texan outpaced Clay Millican, Terry McMillen and Leah Pritchett in the final quad with a time of 3.778 seconds and a finish line speed of 323.19 miles per hour. He won his opening race with a Sunday best of 3.743 seconds and his second with a time of 3.777 seconds.
In winning for the first time since sweeping last fall’s six-race Countdown to the Championship, Torrence surged past Doug Kalitta and back into the Top Fuel point lead six races into the 2019 campaign. He will move on to Atlanta, Ga., for this week’s 39th Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals leading Kalitta by 34...
CONCORD, NC. (April 28, 2019) - Terry McMillen and his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ made the most of their trip to the Charlotte area when the team powered his Top Fuel Dragster to a final round appearance at the Four-Wide Nationals.
McMillen made consistent qualifying passes, of 3.728, 3.794 and 3.793, earning him the number three starting position. He would advance through the first and second rounds of eliminations, setting up the second final quad appearance of his career in a Four-Wide race.
“It felt good to get back to winning rounds today,” McMillen said. “We’ve had a really strong car all season and it hasn’t really shown up in the round win column as much as we wanted it to. So, today felt not as good as we wanted it to, but better.”
Leah Pritchett to Campaign the Okuma Top Fuel Dragster during the 2019 NHRA Season; Tommy Johnson Jr. adds Okuma as an Associate Partner
CONCORD, N. C. (April 27, 2019) – Don Schumacher Racing announced today that the team’s ongoing partnership with Okuma, a leading machine tool manufacturer, has expanded to include a primary sponsorship of Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel dragster at three NHRA events in 2019, and associate support of Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car.
Pritchett will banner the Okuma brand at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., the NHRA Sonoma...
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals - Charlotte
Defending champion Cruz Pedregon and team are ready for another win at the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals this year. “We hit the sweet-spot tuning for this race last season, and that's what we're looking to do again this year," said Pedregon. “The Snap-on Dodge is consistently performing well, and we've been pleased with the way things are coming together to run strong 3's at each event.
"As team owner, I'm really proud of the way Crew Chief Glen (Huszar) and Assistant Crew Chief Nick (Casertano) are working with the crew to make sure everything on the car is right. It should be a great weekend for racing, and we plan to make it fun and exciting for NHRA fans in the stands and watching on FOX Sports."
This will be the third weekend running the "Own It" franchise paint scheme on "El Incursor" (aka "The Raider" body), representing the opportunity the team's primary sponsor Snap-on offers for qualified...