NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Fall Nationals – Dallas
The Dallas race holds some of Cruz Pedregon's most impressive victories, and the team is looking forward to finishing out the run for The Pink Fund® paint scheme with round wins this weekend. "It's been an honor for El Incursor to showcase the breast cancer awareness outreach of our primary sponsor Snap-on. Our hope is that our great NHRA fans will learn more about the work of The Pink Fund in helping breast cancer patients with nonmedical expenses during treatment," says Cruz. "And, we're proud of several strong runs we've completed while sporting the pink ribbon paint scheme."
According to Car Chief Glen Huszar, the team is happy with the way the Snap-on Dodge® is responding during qualifying and the parts look good after the runs. He adds, "We just need to get a good Race Day combination together."
"Having a rain delay was a challenge for all of us last week, but we're looking forward to better weather...
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Torrence Playing the Mental Game
MELLO YELLO CHAMP DEFENDS TITLE AT HOME TRACK
DALLAS, Texas – If Steve Torrence is to successfully defend his Top Fuel title in this week’s 34th annual AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex and take another step toward a second consecutive Mello Yello Championship, he knows he’ll need more than just a fast race car.
The 36-year-old Texan, who was born, raised and still lives in Kilgore, has retained Richard Hogan, Bobby Lagana Jr. and a battle-hardened crew of self-proclaimed “outlaws and misfits” to put a Capco Contractors dragster beneath him capable of turning on the win light every time he hits the throttle.
What Torrence contributes is confidence, competitiveness, the experience born of three years of contesting the championship from the top of the driver standings and a laser focus that has produced reaction times like the .031 he delivered in last week’s final against veteran Doug Kalitta...
TORRENCE WINS AGAIN AT CHARLOTTE!
Reigning Champion Regains Point Lead as Countdown Moves to Texas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Not even Mother Nature could slow down Steve Torrence at zMAX Dragway where the reigning NHRA Top Fuel Champion won for the fourth time in two years in Monday’s rain-delayed 12th annual NTK Carolina Nationals.
Torrence and his Capco Contractors dragster showed no ill effects from a 24-hour delay in the start of final eliminations brought on by torrential rains that persisted throughout Sunday despite the best efforts of NHRA’s Safety Safari to maintain the integrity of the all-cconcrete racing surface.
In running his winning streak to 14-straight rounds and improving his record at zMAX over the last three years to 18-1, Torrence put just a sliver of distance between himself and veteran Doug Kalitta, whom he defeated in the final when he coupled a sensational .031 reaction time to a track time of 3.772 seconds.
Langdon Goes Pink Again with Global Electronic Technology Funny Car
Ypsilanti, MI (October 8, 2019) – For the second season in a row Global Electronic Technology owners Steve and Samantha Bryson have turned the Toyota Camry driven by Shawn Langdon into the pinkest “Fastest Name in Credit Card Processing” Funny Car on the NHRA Mello Yello Series. For the month of October Langdon’s Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The way his career began at zMAX Dragway, who could have imagined that Steve Torrence would arrive this week at the 12th annual NTK Carolina Nationals with a chance to hoist the Top Fuel trophy for the fourth consecutive time at Bruton Smith’s self-titled “Bellagio of Drag Racing?”
After all, in his first five starts at zMAX, he turned on the win light just one time. Not exactly the stuff of legend.
Nevertheless, when he rolls his potent Capco Contractors dragster to the starting line for the first round Sunday, Torrence will indeed be bidding for his fourth win in-a-row on the all-concrete surface, his fourth in two years and his fifth in three.
Throughout NHRA history, on tracks that have hosted multiple races in one year, only two drivers (Greg Anderson and Erica Enders) have swept those events in consecutive seasons and neither drove a...
ENNIS, Texas – On Saturday, Oct. 19, the final day of qualifying for the 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation will host veterans and first responders who were beneficiaries of tickets donated through a special Memorial weekend collaboration between the Texas Motorplex and Texas-based Capco Contractors, Inc.
Each fan who took advantage of the promotion received a discount on the purchase price. Furthermore, with every ticket purchased, the Motorplex and Capco donated a comparable ticket to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, a charity that honors the memory of the late “American Sniper” through programs that support the families of veterans and first responders.
Reigning Mello Yello Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence, whose family owns Capco Contractors, an oil-and-gas pipeline construction and maintenance business, has been a national spokesperson for...
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BILLY BEATS STEVE IN ST. LOUIS FINAL
Sport’s Best Part-Time Pro Wins Season’s Second Father-Son Showdown
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – After an unexpected first round exit at the opening event in the
Countdown to the Championship, Steve Torrence put his bid for a second straight Mello
Yello Top Fuel title back on track Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway at
Gateway even though he was upstaged by his dad, Billy, in the final round of the AAA
Insurance Midwest Nationals
In just the third father-son final in NHRA Top Fuel history, Billy Torrence,
considered by most to be the sport’s top part-time professional, beat his son and, in so
doing, kept the reigning champion from regaining the point lead that has belonged to
him and his Capco Contractors team for most of the last three seasons.
When the playoffs resume in two weeks at the 12th annual NHRA Carolina
Nationals at Charlotte, N.C., Steve Torrence will trail Doug Kalitta by a scant two points.
Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 20 of 24: 2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals
World Wide Technology Raceway
St. Louis, MO
September 27-29, 2019
Team Kalitta is entering the second race of the Countdown to the Championship with Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel point lead and Richie Crampton close behind in fifth. In Funny Car J.R. Todd and Shawn Langdon are also both in striking distance of the...
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Midwest Nationals – St. Louis
For Cruz Pedregon, this weekend is about more than racing…it's personal.
Cruz's Dodge® will have a new pink paint scheme to recognize the partnership his primary sponsor Snap-on has with The Pink Fund®, an organization dedicated to covering 90-day, non-medical, cost-of-living expenses for individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment. "My sister Dora was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, and Molly MacDonald, The Pink Fund founder, was a great resource to her," Cruz says. "Thankfully, Dora owns her own business, has great insurance, and her husband and family to support her, so she didn't need the financial assistance many do from The Pink Fund, but Molly was an invaluable source for information Dora couldn't find anywhere else. It's an honor to host Molly here at the track and have The Pink Fund logo on the car as a 'thank you' for being so helpful to my sister and to hundreds of other...
Torrence Still Has Eye on the Prize
CHAMP AFTER THIRD STRAIGHT WIN IN MIDWEST NATIONALS
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In drag racing, one can go from zero to hero in less time than it
takes the average person to finish reading this sentence. Of course, the reverse also is
true, a reality to which reigning Mello Yello Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence readily
Six weeks ago, after winning eight of nine races in one remarkable stretch,
Torrence and his Capco Contractors team were being touted as unbeatable, virtually
certain repeat champions in a category once dominated by drivers like “Big Daddy” Don
Garlits, Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney and “The Sarge,” Tony Schumacher.
The only real question posed by the so-called experts was whether Torrence,
who survived cancer and a heart attack to become the first driver to win NHRA series
championships in both the Alcohol and Fuel divisions, could do once again what he did
a year ago when, against the odds, he swept the six...