Three in a row: Torrence defeats Brown to win in Virginia

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Steve Torrence dominance continued on Sunday. The Kilgore, Texas native won his third straight event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 

Torrence defeated his brother from another mother in Antron Brown in the final round of the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia. In addition, this is the second straight year that Torrence has won in Virginia. 

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals
Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Torrence went 3.881 at 319.82 mph for the win. In the losing effort, Brown went 3.899 at 309.49 mph. 

With the win, Torrence won his 30th career Top Fuel win at the venue where he started his Top Fuel journey. In addition, this is the 10th time that Brown and Torrence have faced off in the final round each driver has won five times each. 

“Hands down and hats off to the whole Capco team,” Torrence stated. “Those guys gave me the best race car of the day. We were the guys that went down the track four times in a row. All I had to do was not run over anything or anybody and they gave me the best car ever. Richard Hogan (crew chief) and Bobby Lagana (crew chief) they make the right calls when the pressure is on and when the heat is out there.

“In cowboy terms, I rode the two best horses out there.” 

In prior rounds, Brown had a 29-9 record against Torrence. 

Torrence had the advantage on the Christmas tree. Brown was able to get past Torrence and continued to have the lead through the 800-foot mark. 

That’s when the Pittsboro, Indiana native appeared to drop two cylinders. Torrence was then able to go past him for the win. 

Torrence won by 0.0212 or approx. 10 feet. 

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence after winning the Virginia NHRA Nationals
Steve Torrence after winning the Virginia NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

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