Torrence defeats Kalitta in Texas for 43rd win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence is the first Top Fuel Dragster competitor to win multiple Wallys in a row this season. He won the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil on Monday.

He defeated Doug Kalitta in the final round of the rain-delayed national event outside of Houston, Texas. This is Torrence’s third win this season, including back-to-back wins.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence competing at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Steve Torrence competing at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

The Kilgore, Texas native went 4.001 at 260.06 mph to claim the Wally. The Michigan native went 5.706 at 168.26 mph in the losing effort.

“We’ve run well here in the past, but we get to the final round and something always seems to happen. We’ve been snake bit,” Torrence said. “I don’t know if I’ve had win repellant on me or what. The Kalitta boys did an awesome job. This is also the first race I’ve ever won on Monday other than Indy. I just think it’s unbelievable to have the success we’ve had this year and to win in Texas in front of our Capco crew and fans is even more special.”

Before Monday’s showdown in the Lone Star State, Torrence held a 19 – 17 advantage over Kalitta in prior events. The Texan was also 6-3 against the Kalitta Motorsports driver in their previous final round appearances.

Both drivers had problems. Torrence hazed the tires at mid track. Despite that, he was able to hold on for the win.

Kalitta, on the other hand, went up in smoke shortly after the hit. He then pedaled it down the track.

With the win, Torrence now has 43 career wins.

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