Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Steve Torrence Gains Ground in St. Louis

A semifinal loss to Leah Pruett Sunday ended at six Steve Torrence’s streak of consecutive final round appearances in the NHRA Midwest Nationals, turning what could have been a “get well weekend” into a “get a little better weekend” at World Wide Technology Raceway.

The talented Texan gained ground on point leader Doug Kalitta, cutting his deficit from 63 to 51 points, even though he lost a position in the standings to Pruett, whom he will trail by a scant four points when qualifying for the 38th annual Texas Fall Nationals begins Oct. 13 at the Texas Motorplex outside Dallas.

Until Sunday, Torrence had been either first or second in Camping World points after every event in the series, a remarkable achievement considering that he and his CAPCO Contractors crewmates have celebrated only one win thus far this year.

“Like I’ve said so many times, it’s gonna go right down to the wire,” Torrence said of the points race. “We’re halfway through (the playoffs) and there are five drivers who still have a legit shot. That said, I like where I’m sitting with these CAPCO boys behind me and the Countdown coming home to Texas!”

As was the case the previous week at Charlotte, Torrence and his team got behind the curve in the first qualifying session on Friday night and scrambled to catch up the rest of the weekend. 

“(Friday) night was the hero session and I guess we forgot our cape,” Torrence said. “We were on a monster run until we overpowered the track and didn’t make it down (the track). My guys did a great job of getting us back in the hunt on race day. We got a huge win against Justin (regular season champion Justin Ashley) but we just didn’t have quite enough against Leah.”

Torrence has taken his Red Line Oil-protected Top Fuel Toyota to the final round five of the last eight years at the Motorplex with wins in 2018 and 2020.

This story was originally published on October 2, 2023. Drag Illustrated

You May Also Like

News

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...

News

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...

News

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

News

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.