Elder Torrence defeats Pritchett at 2019 Arizona Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing Top Fuel Dragster pilot Billy Torrence won his second career race on Sunday. He won the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. 

The elder Torrence defeated Leah Pritchett in the final round. Torrence, who was the No. 1 qualifier of the race, went 3.965 at 326.40 mph. 

Pritchett went 9.568 at 75.68 mph. 

Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing Top Fuel Dragster pilot Billy Torrence racing on Sunday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals
Billy Torrence racing on Sunday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“It’s just a blessing to be out here,” B. Torrence stated. “I’m trying not to choke up. The car ran great and they all worked so hard to keep a good car under me. Even Steve’s (Torrence) team came over to help them out and it was just outstanding.” 

The older Torrence won his first career race at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Speedway in Brainerd, Minnesota on August 19th, 2018. He defeated Antron Brown in the final round. 

This was the first-time this pairing faced each other in eliminations. 

Pritchett was the leader off of the tree, as she had an 0.071 reaction time to Torrence’s 0.073. Then went up in smoke a short time later. Her day was over immediately after that.

Torrence also hazed his tires; however, he was able to pedal it and was able to recover to get the win. 

With the win, Torrence is the points leader through the second race of the season. 


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