Steve Torrence wins Wally with Swamp Rat 14 livery

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Capco Contractors won for the first-time since Dom Lagana’s accident in August. Steve Torrence dedicated the win to the injured Top Fuel driver, who is still in the hospital back in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Top Fuel Dragster team was going to win the event one way or another. It was father and son in a battle for the Wally.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The younger Torrence went 3.809 at 322.11 mph to win the Wally with the Swamp Rat 14 livery on his dragster. Billy Torrence – the older Torrence – went 3.810 at 320.74 mph in the losing effort.

“To come out here and have the opportunity to run the ‘Swamp Rat 14’ and have (Garlits) here with us, it’s icing on the cake for anything you want to do,” Torrence said. “We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, that’s just a testament to how hard Richard Hogan, Bobby Lagana and every one of these Capco boys work. For my dad to go to the final round, both of us are doing well.

“We’ve just to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Lagana – who is a crew member for Torrence Racing – was involved in a very bad accident with Richie Crampton and Jacob Sanders on August 9th. Both Crampton and Sanders are home, while Lagana – who suffered severe burns and head trauma – is battling for his life every day.

The Nitro Ninja Top Fuel driver was a crew member on Billy Torrence’s team before the accident.

Steve Torrence held a 7-4 advantage over Billy Torrence in previous events. In prior final rounds, each Torrence had a win over the other.

The son won over father by 0.0543 seconds, or approx. 26 feet. This is Torrence’s 39th career Top Fuel Wally.

He has now won three Top Fuel Wallys this season.

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