By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Steve Torrence had 11 wins during the 2018 season. Through 14 races this season, the Kilgore, Texas native has eight wins.
He defeated Clay Millican in the final round at the 40th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. He has been to nine consecutive final rounds.
Torrence went 4.044 at 270.21 mph to win the Wally. Millican, on the other hand, went 4.126 at 167,64 mph in the losing effort.
“I don’t believe I’ve realized what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last couple of years, and when you’re in these moments you need to relish them and enjoy them because they don’t last forever,” Torrence said. “We’ve been able to maintain that consistency and the team we’ve assembled, we’ve been able to have these guys together for six years continuously. They’ve made the right calls and decisions, and they’ve given the crew chief the right car time and time again.”
The only team to defeat Torrence during this streak is Mike Salinas. The San Jose, California native won the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee on June 16th.
Torrence had the starting line advantage. However, a short time later, he started to drop cylinders and hazed the tires.
Yet, despite the problems, he was able to hold on for the win. He won by 0.0963 seconds, or approx. 38 feet.
Millican also hazed the tires and dropped the cylinders, too, which hurt his chances of winning the race.
This is Torrence’s 27th win in the past three seasons. He surpassed Tony Schumacher’s record from 2006-08 and 2008-10 when he won 26 races over a three-year span.
Also, this is Torrence’s 35th career win. He ties Don Garlits in the Top Fuel all-time wins record.
Garlits needed just 101 starts to accomplish this feat. Torrence, on the other hand, needed 228 starts.