Torrence wins Capco Contractors fifth straight Texas Motorplex final

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster has won at their home track for the past five years. Steve Torrence was able to win the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday in Ennis, Texas.

It was an all-Torrence Top Fuel final round. Steve Torrence was able to defeat his father less than two hours away from their hometown.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the 2020 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Steve Torrence racing on Sunday at the 2020 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The younger Torrence went 3.716 at 328.78 mph to claim the Wally. The older Torrence went 3.810 at 323.43 mph in the losing effort.

“Going into the final, you’re racing your dad and that car is bad to the bone,” said Steve Torrence, who was also the No. 1 qualifier. “He’s done a great job driving and I didn’t know what was going to happen up there. You’re just worried about getting there first and it was just an unbelievable weekend for the Capco team. To represent Capco, to represent Texas and put both cars in the final round, you can’t have a better weekend than that.

“The semifinal round had huge implications. We’re just battling it out toe-to-toe with Kalitta, and we’ve really kept our nose on the grindstone and we’ve tried to make every lap count.”

The son had a 8-4 advantage over his father in previous events. In addition, he had a 2-1 advantage over his dad in the prior final rounds. 

Torrence had a 0.058 reaction time, which allowed him to have an advantage off of the starting line. His father trailed with a 0.076 reaction time. 

The Kilgore, Texas native won his fourth Wally on the season. He now has 40 career Wallys. 

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