Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


S. Torrence Wins Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge at Epping

Will Lester photo

Steve Torrence drove his CAPCO Contractors Top Fuel Toyota past three-time series champion Antron Brown in the semifinals before beating Canadian Dan Mercier in the final round of the Mission Foods 2Fast/2Tasty Challenge Saturday at New England Dragway, validating his status as one of the favorites in Sunday’s 11th NHRA New England Nationals.

The 2Fast/2Tasty Challenge recreates the semifinal rounds from the previous event in the Mission Foods series with the winners then racing for cash and Countdown to the Championship points bonus.

It was the 41-year-old Texan’s first 2Fast/2Tasty win of the season but his fourth overall in the unique “race within a race” that made its tour debut a year ago. He won consecutive Challenges last year at Seattle, Wash., Sonoma, Calif., and Topeka, Kan., and was runner-up earlier this year at Phoenix, Ariz., and Charlotte, N.C.  

Against Mercier, who upset former world champion Shawn Langdon in his 2Fasat/2Tasty semifinal, Torrence grabbed a slight starting line advantage and held on for a narrow win on a hot racetrack. Torrence stopped the timers in 3.866 seconds at 327.43 mph, far off his second best New England Nationals qualifying number of 3.702 seconds.  Mercier trailed in 3.897 seconds, 298.27 mph.

Starting from No. 2 on Sunday, Torrence will face No. 15 qualifier Smax Smith, making his first tour appearance since 2019.   

The other half of Team Torrence, CAPCO founder and CEO Billy Torrence, will launch his bid from the No. 5 starting position against rookie Jasmine Salinas, seeking a bookend victory for the one he earned in his only previous New England start in 2021.

This story was originally published on June 2, 2024. Drag Illustrated

You May Also Like


The star-studded STREET OUTLAWS: No Prep Kings series is set to return for its 6th season in the summer of 2023. Fans can expect to...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star and renowned engine builder Pat Musi joined the recent episode of The Wes Buck Show and provided an update...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star Lizzy Musi announced today that she has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer via her Youtube channel....


Ryan Fellows, who starred in “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America,” died in a tragic crash while filming for the show in Las Vegas on...

Since 2005, DI has informed, inspired and educated drag racers from every walk of the racing life - weekend warrior and street/strip enthusiasts to pro-level doorslammer and Top Fuel racers. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-worthy videos to electric live events, DI meets hundreds of thousands of racers where they live, creating the moments that create conversations.