By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Finally! Steve Torrence can finally check the State of Texas off of his win’s list in Top Fuel.
He defeated AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel Dragster pilot Terry McMillen in the final round of the 33rd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas to win a Cowboy hat. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.786 at 325.92 mph to get the win.
McMillen went 3.826 at 321.04 mph in his runner-up effort.
“We were just here to go rounds,” Torrence stated. “I don’t have a Top Fuel championship. I have a Top Alcohol championship and the year that I won that I won at Dallas. We’ve been trying to get it done here since 2010. This is a check off my bucket list to be able to come to Dallas and win. I couldn’t be prouder to pull off a victory in front of everyone that was here this weekend.”
Torrence has won the first three races in the Countdown to the Championship. He also has a six-round lead heading into the Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina next weekend.
Prior to this final round, Torrence held an 11-10 advantage over the oldest active full-time driver in the series. However, this was the first-time that these two racers faced each other in the final round.
McMillen had the starting line advantage. But by the 330-foot mark, Torrence took the lead and never trailed again over the course of the rest of the race.
Torrence won by 0.0193 seconds, or approx. 9 feet. This is his eighth win of the season. In addition, it is his 24th career win.
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