Steve Torrence gets first win of 2020 after NHRA disagreement

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence missed the first race of the season due to a disagreement with the NHRA. He returned this past weekend at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

He showed his fellow competitors that he can take time off and still dominate. Torrence won the race, which is on Indian Reserve property.

Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Torrence defeated Doug Kalitta to win the Wally. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.679 at 321.27 mph to win the Wally. 

The Saline, Michigan native went 4.052 at 218.90 mph in the losing effort. 

“First round I had a little bit of the jitters,” Torrence said. “We missed Pomona so [we] came here and this is the first round of the first race of the season for us and I was a little bit nervous to go up there. We’re just going to see how the races go and what the weather throws at us.

“I think that we’ve always had a good hot weather tune-up. We’re just going to try to develop cool track conditions. We’re easing up to it. We’ll just see how it goes and that’s something that we really need to try to put our thumb on.”

Kalitta was attempting to win his third straight race before he was defeated. He won the season-ending Pomona race in November 2019 before kicking off the 2020 season with a Top Fuel win. 

This is the Torrence’s third straight win in Arizona. Steve also won the event in 2018. 

His father Billy — who Steve defeated in the semifinal to get to advance to the final round — won in 2019. When Billy won last year in Arizona, it was just his second career win.

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