Torrence has the Texas two-steps, sweeps Dallas, Houston No. 1 qualifiers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Just days after winning at his home track, the Texas Motorplex, Steve Torrence is looking to capture a Wally at the Texas two-step. Torrence is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil on Saturday at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.

The Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot went 3.672 at 327.98 mph during Saturday’s qualifying sessions. He is the No. 1 qualifier for back-to-back races.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Steve Torrence on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

In addition, this is his third No. 1 qualifier of the season. He now has 27 in his career.

“Today was a huge success and the car ran really well,” said Torrence, who is seeking his third straight Top Fuel world championship. “It gives us a lot of confidence going into tomorrow and that puts a little pressure on the competition. We’ll go out and do the best we can, and we just need to maintain that consistency. We’ve slowly become one of the teams that runs really quick when the conditions are good.

“We haven’t been that guy in years past, and we’ve slowly but surely gotten to the point where we’re confident to go out there and run really hard because you’re trying to get every point possible.”

Okuma/Sandvik Top Fuel Dragster pilot Tony Schumacher is the No. 2 qualifier. The Texas native went 3.685 at 330.07 mph.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Billy Torrence was the No. 3 qualifier. Captain Capco – as he is commonly known, who was defeated by his son Steve last weekend at the Texas Motorplex – went 3.701 at 327.74 mph.

Top Fuel Elimination Ladder:

  • Steve Torrence vs. Bye
  • Tony Schumacher vs. Cameron Ferré
  • Billy Torrence vs. Joe Morrison
  • Antron Brown vs. Scott Palmer
  • Doug Kalitta vs. Kebin Kinsley
  • Leah Pruett vs. Lee Callaway
  • Clay Millican vs. Doug Foley
  • Shawn Langdon vs. Justin Ashley

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