Kilgore native secures No. 1 qualifier at 2020 FallNationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Steve Torrence was able to claim the No. 1 qualifier in front of family and friends on Saturday. They had to make a 125 mile trek to see the defending champion. 

Torrence went 3.662 at 327.51 mph in his 11,000 Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The Kilgore, Texas native picked up his second No. 1 qualifier of the season. 

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence celebrates the No. 1 qualifier at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Steve Torrence celebrates the No. 1 qualifier at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

In addition, he secured his 26th No. 1 qualifier in his career. 

Related: Torrence picks up 25th No. 1 qualifier in his career

“You have to go out and make those runs, and make them count,” Torrence said. “You have to be able to run hard when you can and try to get every point possible. We came in here with a two-point lead (over Doug Kalitta), so we just have to keep chipping away at it. We’re trying to capitalize on every opportunity we get. When you have that support from everyone and it’s your home state crowd, I don’t know if it does anything to make us run better, but it definitely gives you that sense of everybody here cheering for you.

“Now you’ve got to go out there and go four rounds on Sunday, and not make any mistakes.”

Torrence will face Cameron Ferré in the first-round. 

“The Influencer” Strutmasters-sponsored Justin Ashley is the No. 2 qualifier. He went 3.687 at 323.04 mph. 

Tony Schumacher was the No. 3 qualifier. He went 3.700 at 326.87 mph. 

Before Sunday’s eliminations, Schumacher will be honored as a Texas Motorplex legend. The eight-time world champion won at the track several times over his career. 

Top Fuel Eliminations: 

– Steve Torrence vs. Cameron Ferré

– Justin Ashley vs. Lee Callaway 

– Tony Schumacher vs. Joey Haas 

– Shawn Langdon vs. Kebin Kinsley 

– Leah Pruett vs. Scott Palmer 

– Clay Millican vs. Billy Torrence 

– Doug Kalitta vs. Antron Brown

Terry Totten and Terry McMillen were on the entry list. However, Totten did not make a single pass on Saturday. 

McMillen; however, announced that he lost his sponsorship with Amalie Motor Oil.

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