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Reigning Top Fuel Champions Steve Torrence Nominated for 2022 ESPYS Award

Rick Belden

NHRA four-time defending Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence has been nominated for the Best Driver Award for the 2022 ESPYS.

Torrence claimed his the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship in Top Fuel last year, giving the Texan his fourth consecutive world title in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster.

It also gives Torrence his second ESPYS Best Driver Award nomination, putting him in select company of NHRA stars who have been nominated two or more times for the prestigious award. Torrence was previously nominated in 2019 and now join the likes of John Force (2000-03, 2011, 2014), Tony Schumacher (2007-2010), Greg Anderson (2005, 2011) and Erica Enders (2015, 2021) as NHRA drivers with multiple ESPYS nominations.

“It’s really special to be considered and recognized as someone to represent the sport of drag racing,” Torrence said. “Coming from such humble beginnings, to be able to be recognized on a stage like the ESPYS is special to my family, my town of Kilgore, Texas, and the many drag racing fans from all over the world. This recognition wouldn’t be possible without the hard work, dedication, and success of those CAPCO boys at Torrence Racing and the men and women at CAPCO Contractors in Henderson, Texas.”

Torrence, who now has 51 career Top Fuel wins, put together another dominant season in 2021, racking up an incredible 11 wins and 14 final-round appearances in 20 races last year, also racing to four No. 1 qualifier positions and a 60-9 win-loss record in eliminations en route to the world championship.

Other nominees in the Best Driver Award category include NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, Formula 1 standout Max Verstappen and IndyCar driver Alex Palou.

Voting for the award is going on now and fans can visit to vote for Torrence.

The ESPYS will air at 8 p.m. ET on July 20 on ABC, and NBA star Stephen Curry will be the host.

This story was originally published on June 29, 2022. Drag Illustrated

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