NO SECOND CAPCO CAR AT RICHMOND
Billy Torrence Won’t Race with Son Steve at NHRA Virginia Nationals
RICHMOND, Va. – A day before the start of qualifying for the NHRA Virginia Nationals, Torrence Racing announced Thursday that it would not field a second Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster this weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park as it originally had planned.
Citing the lack of sufficient racing resources to support a two-car effort, the team scratched the 11,000-horsepower hybrid that was to have been driven by Capco founder and CEO Billy Torrence, father of four-time reigning series champion and two-time Richmond winner Steve Torrence.
Despite a resume that includes eight victories and a trio of top five finishes in the Top Fuel driver standings, the elder Torrence never has raced full-time at the professional level.
In fact, the demands of running an international oil and gas pipeline construction business coupled with the unique logistical challenges of assembling the parts, pieces and personnel needed to race at an elite level on a part-time basis have limited his participation this season to just two events – the Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla., and the Spring Nationals at Houston.
He remains one round win shy of 100 in a Top Fuel career in which he has made 75 starts, never failing to qualify. It is uncertain when he next will compete in either Top Fuel or Super Comp, a category in which he also has won at the national event level.