By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Steve Torrence has won for the second time this season. The Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster Pilot won the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.
Torrence defeated Terry McMillen in the final round at the third Indy event due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Kilgore, Texas native went 4.273 at 224.17 mph to claim the Wally.
The Elkhart, Indiana native went 4.153 at 240.59 mph in the losing effort. McMillen admitted in a Facebook post that a “little distraction on the starting line cost us the win, and I am the only one to blame.”
“I’m not the best at pedaling one of these things, but I try to do my job,” Torrence said. “We go out there and we knocked the tire off, and it kind of surprised me, but I did the best I could do. All the guys at Capco, thank you for supporting us and I got my head out of my butt. We’re headed home with another Wally and it’s a blessing to be able to come back out here and get to enjoy what we enjoy doing. We just love to race.”
Prior to this final round, Torrence held a 15-10 advantage over McMillen. In addition, Torrence was 1-0 against McMillen in the previous final round.
Torrence has the starting line advantage, as he went 0.054. McMillen was behind with an 0.234.
Despite the starting line advantage, Torrence had trouble going down the track. He began to smoke the tires, which gave McMillen an opportunity to recover from his own issues with his dragster.
McMillen was able to chase him down but it was too late, as Torrence won on a holeshot. McMillen also had an explosion towards the end of the race.
This is Torrence’s 38th career NHRA Top Fuel win. He also won the NHRA Arizona Nationals in February.