Torrence ends drought, picks up zMAX Four-Wide win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence picked up his first win of the season. The reigning Top Fuel champion snaps a five race-weekend winless streak.

Torrence won the 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Sunday in Concord, North Carolina. This was his first win since November 2018 when he swept all six Countdown to the Championship races.

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“Richard Hogan (crew chief) and Bobby Lagana (assistant crew chief) and every one of those Capco boys, they just instill confidence in you,” Torrence said. “I hadn’t been driving with the most confidence. Maybe I was driving on the defense instead of on the offense. I changed my mindset and just went out there and did what I know how to do instead of thinking about it. In Vegas, at the Four-Wide, I got up there and let my mind get in front of my foot. We’ve had a lot of success here at zMAX. I really like this place.”

Torrence’s last win was at the Auto Club NHRA Finals on Nov. 11, 2018 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California, as he defeated Tony Schumacher in the final round. When he won this race, it was his 11th win of the 2018 season.

In fact, he has won the last three races at Charlotte.

The Kilgore, Texas native won from lane one with a 3.778 at 323.19 mph pass. He defeated fellow competitors Clay Millican, who was the runner-up, Leah Pritchett, and Terry McMillen.

The Drummonds, Tennessee native went 4.035 at 310.48 mph in the runner-up effort in the Parts Plus Dragster. The Elkhart, Indiana native went 4.339 at 219.08 mph in the AMALIE Motor Oil XTERMIGATOR Dragster.

The Avon, Indiana native went 4.435 at 246.30 in her Mopar Dodge Dragster.

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence after winning the Wally at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Steve Torrence after winning the Wally at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

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