By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
For the first-time in his career, Capco Contractors Top Fuel pilot Steve Torrence won the historic Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana. Torrence defeated Kebin Kinsley in the final round.
Torrence went 3.757 at 322.96 mph to get the win. Kinsley lost traction in his Road Rage Fuel Booster dragster almost immediately at the hit, as he went 10.820 at 48.47 mph.
“This is surreal,” Torrence said. “I don’t even know if I’m realizing what’s going on right now. You come to Indy and you race for a week. This is our biggest race. This is what we race our careers for, is to try and win Indy and it’s a marathon. I’m wore out.
“Unless you’re a racer and in this situation, I don’t think I can explain the feelings that you get. This is us winning the biggest race of our sport. I said this the other day, you can win a bunch of championships, but if you don’t win Indy, then you haven’t really done much. So, we’ve won Indy.”
Like Torrence, Kinsley is also from Texas. However, he’s appeared in far less races, as this is his 12th career race. He had one round win, which came at the NHRA SpringNationals in 2016 over Spencer Massey at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
This was his third race this season. However, he did not have a round win in those races.
Torrence now has 14 career wins now. He’s also the No. 1 seed in the Countdown to the Championship.
He has six wins this season, but this Wally means more to him than those other one’s. Torrence also won this race in the Alcohol ranks in 2005.
This was the first-time that Kinsley and Torrence has faced each other in their careers.
Torrence also won the Traxxas Top Fuel Shootout over Tony Schumacher on Saturday evening.
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