Elder Torrence takes 2019 Sonoma Wally

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Capco Contractors has been dominating the Top Fuel ranks this season during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. But that dominance has come from Steve Torrence.

On Sunday, the Capco Contractors has won their 10th race of the season. Billy Torrence won his second Wally of the season when he defeated Clay Millican at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Billy Torrence racing on Sunday at the 2019 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Billy Torrence racing on Sunday at the 2019 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“We had a good car going into race day and we were just steady,” the elder Torrence said. “We had a really tough race against Steve, and we knew Clay had a good car. It took it all (to beat him). We have a good car and we’re capable of winning everywhere we go. I couldn’t do this without Steve’s team and it takes all of those guys. They make certain I have a very well-prepared car every time I show up, and they make me look good.”

Torrence also won the MagicDry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals in February. This is his third career win.

On the other hand, his son Steve has won eight times this season. He was also on a three race win streak before losing to his father in the semifinals.

Before this final round, Millican had a 3-2 advantage over the elder Torrence in prior events. However, this was the first-time these two have faced off in a final round.

Millican lost to the younger Torrence last weekend at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.

The Drummonds, Tennessee native had the starting line advantage. However, by the time these two 11,000 horsepower beasts went past the Christmas tree, the Kilgore, Texas native was in the lead.

Torrence was able to hold onto the lead from there on out. He won by 0.0066 seconds, or approx. 3 feet.

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