Torrence wins two straight Top Fuel Championships

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Steve Torrence had a pathetic moment following the first-round of eliminations on Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California, as he punched Cameron Ferré for deep stagging. He then owned up to his mistake.

Torrence has won his second straight Top Fuel Championship on the final race of the season. He is the first Top Fuel pilot to win back-to-back since his “brother” Antron Brown won two straight in 2015 and 2016.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence racing on Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence racing on Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals

The Championship was won in the semi-final when he lost to Richie Crampton — who was making his final appearance with Kalitta Motorsports. Crampton went 3.762 at 327.51 mph to receive the win, while Torrence went 3.751 at 324.59 mph.

Torrence knew that he had to just go down the track against Crampton to win the championship. And that’s exactly what he did, as he did not oil down the track.

“Well, I’ll tell you it wasn’t very defining right there,” Torrence said. “I went up there and started to flinch and I didn’t want to screw up. Everyone is telling you in the back of your mind, all you have to go down through there and not hit anything, or if it smokes the tires, let it go. An unbelievable job by the Capco boys. This Championship right here is for every one of those guys that works every day to keep us out here. They work seven days a week whether it’s hot or it’s cold, wet, muddy, whatever.

“Especially for the Seiger family, who lost their little boy last Wednesday of this week. He was the biggest Capco fan there was so we’re taking the Championship trophy home to him. We’re going to give it to him and all those Capco boys. It’s been unbelievable. We’re very blessed to have the team and fans and family that gives me this race car.”

Torrence defeated Brittany Force and Doug Kalitta for the Championship. The Kilgore, Texas native defeated Force in the second round that basically sealed the win for the Texan.

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