Torrence sleeps at light, wins 2019 FallNationals over Vandergriff

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Billy Torrence got a win at his home track. In fact, this is the second straight year that a member of the Torrence has won at the Motorplex.

One year ago, his son, Steve Torrence, won at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. One year later, it was his father’s turn to win close to their Kilgore, Texas residence.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Billy Torrence racing on Sunday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Billy Torrence racing on Sunday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The older Torrence defeated rookie Jordan Vandergiff in the final round. Despite sleeping on the light, the older Torrence went 3.775 at 319.67 mph for the win.

Vandergriff – who was making his first final round appearance – went 4.299 at 246.03 mph. The Bob Vandergriff Racing driver hazed the dragster around mid track and lost his chance at his first Wally.

“It’s home turf and we love to race here,” said B. Torrence, who is now fourth in points. “We’ve raced here our whole career and we have a lot of fans here. There’s no better place to race than Dallas, Texas, and we did have the best car today. It has been very humbling, and we’ve been very blessed and fortunate to have the success we’ve had. We’ve got a great group of guys on both cars and our success is just a testament to the work these guys do. I think that we’re probably the second-best car in the country, with Steve having the best. We’ve had a stellar season.”

Vandergriff had a huge lead, as he had an 0.060 reaction time. Torrence, as he mentioned before, was late with his 0.319.

The rookie from Brea, California pedaled the dragster. However, he was never able to get it to recover.

Torrence was able to pass him by the 1/8th mark.

Before this final round appearance, Torrence had a 1-0 advantage against the rookie. However, this was the first-time that these two drivers faced off in a final round.

This is Torrence’s fifth career win, including two wins in the Countdown to the Championship. Four of his wins have come this season.

He also won the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals near St. Louis on Sept. 29. Capco Contractors have won three straight races, including a postponed race last Monday at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina that Steve Torrence won.

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