Six out of seven: Torrence defeats Dakin in Ohio

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Steve Torrence is back atop the Top Fuel Mountain. After losing last weekend in the final round in Bristol, Tennessee, he has the Wally in his hands once again.

Torrence defeated Pat Dakin in the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Torrence has won six of the last seven races.

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence racing on Saturday at the Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties
Steve Torrence racing on Saturday at the Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties (Photo by the NHRA)

Torrence went 3.832 at 323.27 mph to win the Wally. Dakin went 3.909 at 301.40 mph in the losing effort.

The Kilgore, Texas native had his five race win streak snapped last Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. He was defeated by Mike Salinas, who won his second career win.

Dakin appeared in his first final round since Atlanta in 1998. The Dayton, Ohio native lost to Cory McClenathan in that final round.

Before this final round appearance, Torrence had a 3-2 advantage against Dakin in prior events. This was the first-time they faced each other in the final round.

Torrence had a small advantage over Dakin off of the Christmas tree. He never trailed, as he won by 0.0788 seconds, or approx. 35 feet.

The Wally is going back to Kilgore, Texas for the 33rd time in his career.

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