By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence knows what it’s like to win a Wally. Now, his father, Billy, was able to get that same feeling on Sunday.
The elder Torrence defeated Antron Brown in the final round of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. Torrence won his first Wally in 27 races.
Torrence went 3.756 at 329.99 mph to win the Wally. Brown, who had won in Seattle for the firs-time in one calendar year in the series last race, went 3.751 at 329.10 mph.
“To come out here and be able to win a event, and give back something to those guys who give me a good operation when I come out, that’s just a blessing,” Torrence said. “At this level, there’s pressure on everyone to win. I just wanted to win and Antron is a tremendous racer, and you just have to be on your game. We prepare well and we have a great team put together, and a great car. We have all the right parts and pieces.”
In addition, Torrence won the event after claiming his first No. 1 qualifier in his Top Fuel career on Saturday. His son was the No. 2 qualifier and was knocked out in eliminations by Brown.
Brown had a 5-0 advantage against the elder Torrence in prior events. This was the first-time they faced each other in final rounds.
Torrence had the starting line advantage over Brown. He was able to keep the lead the rest of the track for the hole shot win.
The elder Torrence won by 0.0038 seconds, or approx. 22 inches. This was also Torrence’s first final round.
This was Torrence’s sixth race this season. He had not raced since Chicago when he lost to Blake Alexander in the second-round.
The elder Torrence went to the semifinals in Phoenix where he lost to his son. The younger Torrence went 3.722 to the elder Torrence’s 3.726.
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