By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
North Dinwiddie, Va. — Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence won the inaugural NHRA Virginia Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Virginia Motorsports Park. This is Torrence’s fourth win on the season.
In final rounds this season, the Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing Dragster has not lost. He is a perfect 4-0.
This is his 20th win in his career. It was also the first-time he raced to the final round at Richmond in his career. Yet, it was his first win since Charlotte in April.
Torrence made his racing debut in 2006 with Dexter Tuttle’s Top Fuel Dragster in 2006 at this facility. In his 200th race, he won over Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Doug Kalitta. Torrence went 3.812 at 322.96 mph, while Kalitta went 3.844 at 309.56 mph.
“We didn’t qualify exactly where we wanted to, but at the end of the day we were in the right spot to win the race so I was proud of my team,” Torrence said. “This is one of the best racetracks I’ve ever been down because it’s so smooth, I really enjoyed coming back here where my Top Fuel career started.”
The Texan, who is the points leader, was 14-12 in prior rounds before the final round. He also held a 3-1 advantage over Kalitta in previous final rounds.
Kalitta had the starting line advantage. However, once the two went past the Christmas tree, Torrence was the leader and went on to get the win from there.
Torrence won by 0.0146 seconds, or approx. 7 feet. Following the win, his team broke out Cowboy hats, which was something new since Torrence said in the media center that they had those planned for a win after the team’s bull riding experience several weeks ago.
Kalitta, the president of Kalitta Charters, previously won at this event in 2007. He fell to 1-2 in final rounds this season in his Mac Tools Dragster. He has not won since the season-opener at Pomona in February.
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