TORRENCE DEFENDS AT CHARLOTTE
Texan Goes After Third Straight Four-Wide Win in NHRA Mello Yello Series
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Although he’s still not a big fan of four-wide drag racing, Steve Torrence admits to having achieved a level of comfort in the novelty format that makes him and his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster the combination to beat this week in the ninth annual NGK Spark Plugs 4Wide at Bruton Smith’s zMAX Dragway.
“Richard Hogan is really good at adapting to track conditions, whether it’s two lanes or four,” Torrence said of the crew chief who has directed him to third and second place finishes in Mello Yello points the last two years. “In four wide racing, the driver is the one who has to make the big adjustments.
“You have to stay focused. It takes a lot more concentration (to go four-wide) because it is so different from what we do at most of the other races,” Torrence said. “I’m finally comfortable with the driving and staging procedures which were pretty...
Laris Wins and Runner-Up’s at Lucas Oil Dallas Divisional
(4-16-2018) Raceland, LA – Winning one NHRA class is difficult, winning two, places you in a small group, Ross Laris won Top Dragster and Runner-Up in Super Comp, which means he came close to placing his name in the “Double” club. Laris the defending Division Top Dragster Champion, winning this weekend helps as Laris is sitting in 3rd place after the event. The season still has plenty of time for Laris to climb back to the top, to defend the title.
“It was a roller coaster weekend, out first round in (Top Dragster) in the 1st Race, win the 2nd Race in Top Dragster, 3rd round loss in Super Comp in the 1st Race and Runner-Up in the 2nd Race,” Ross Laris, President of Laris Insurance, stated. “I think all the Divisional Races should be Doubles!”, laughed Laris.
Ross is currently holding down the number 2 spot in the South Central Division SC hunt, he is currently chasing Steve Collier, who Laris lost to this past weekend in...
Capco Contractors Driver Retains Point Lead Despite Early Exit at Houston
HOUSTON, Texas – Steve Torrence remained winless in his home state Sunday after dropping a narrow decision to No. 1 qualifier and track record-holder Leah Pritchett in the second round of the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.
Winner of 11 of the previous 30 Mello Yello tour events and of 18 overall, the Kilgore resident had hoped to finally break through Sunday at one of the two Texas tracks he calls home, especially after runner-up finishes at Royal Purple each of the last two seasons.
Instead, he’ll have to wait until fall when the tour moves to the Texas Motorplex outside Dallas for another opportunity.
Despite the loss, the just-turned-35-year old cancer survivor managed to retain a share of the point lead in his latest bid for the $500,000 Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship.
When the tour moves to Charlotte, N.C., this week for the ninth annual NGK 4Wide...
Event 05: NHRA SpringNationals
Royal Purple Raceway
Todd earns back-to-back wins for the first time in his career Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters Toyota team scored their second straight win today at the NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas.
Todd had three solid qualifying passes on the track's new surface. His best, a 3.989, came in the final session and gave Todd the 10th starting spot and a tough first round opponent of Tommy Johnson Jr., who had joined Todd in the Funny Car...
TORRENCE AGAIN ANGLING FOR A ‘HOME’ WIN
Point Leader Sends Capco Contractors Dragster After Spring Nationals Title
HOUSTON, Texas – Steve Torrence has won drag racing’s biggest event, the Chevrolet U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis. He’s won the lucrative and highly-restricted NHRA Top Fuel Shootout. He’s won on mile-high racetracks and on those at sea level and, after two consecutive wins, he definitely has mastered four-wide racing.
In fact, about the only things the talented Texan hasn’t done since he began racing full-time at the professional level just six years ago are: (1) win the $500,000 NHRA Mello Yello Championship, and (2) win a race in his home state.
He gets another chance to mark the latter item off his competitive bucket list this weekend when he sends his 10,000 horsepower Capco Contractors dragster after the Top Fuel title in the 31st annual NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, a race in which he has been runner-up each of the last two seasons...
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Spring Nationals - Houston
Cruz Pedregon and team will debut a new Snap-on Toyota chassis in Houston that will run full-time after this weekend. "It's a terrific opportunity for us to have a fresh car on a track that's been good to us in the past," Pedregon says. "We always enjoy the races here in Texas. Since we've won here at Royal Purple three times before, the plan is to make it a nice even four wins."
Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, "We made a couple of test runs with the new chassis before we left Las Vegas, and we like what we were able to accomplish. We're looking forward to great results this weekend."
Cruz spent some time in Houston visiting Snap-on franchise customers and doing media interviews before Friday's qualifying rounds.
On the side of Cruz's car this week –
If you'll check the side of Cruz's car this week, you'll see the name of local Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Ryan Kasper. Ryan has had his Snap-on...
Event 04: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
Todd earns his first Las Vegas win Race Recap: J.R. Todd scored his first Las Vegas win and 12th win of his career today at the Four Wide Nationals.
The weekend did not start the way the DHL team would have liked. After Friday's two sessions, the DHL Camry was not in the show. However, Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith made the right adjustments and Todd moved from 17th all the way to the third starting spot with a bonus points...
Texan Overcomes Qualifying Struggles to Win 19th annual Denso Spark Plug Nationals
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – After struggling during qualifying, Steve Torrence recaptured his four-wide form Sunday and drove the Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to a convincing victory in the 19th annual Denso Spark Plug Nationals before a sellout crowd at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
It was the 34-year-old Texan’s second straight four-wide win and it made him the first Top Fuel driver to win four-wide races at two different tracks. He was the four-wide winner last spring at zMAX Dragway at Charlotte, N.C., a track on which he will defend his title just three weeks hence.
Based on qualifying performance one certainly would not have expected Torrence to be among those running for the championship. The 18-time NHRA tour winner didn’t get down the race track on either of his first three qualifying runs because of clutch issues.
When crew chief Richard Hogan finally went back to basics...
Point Leader Sends Capco Contractors Dragster After Denso Nationals Title
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In the offbeat western Quigley Down Under, the title character makes it clear from the outset that he “has no use” for handguns, preferring instead a Sharps long rifle with which he is extremely proficient.
In the movie’s climax, however, as his adversary lies dying in the dirt following an OK Corral-style gunfight, Quigley offers up an explanation of his unanticipated skill with a pistol: “I said I didn’t have much use for one. Didn’t say I didn’t know how to use it.”
That’s the way Mello Yello point leader Steve Torrence feels about four-wide drag racing which makes its west coast debut this week with the 19th running of the Denso Spark Plug Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Although he has been a vocal critic of the novelty format since it made its national event debut at Charlotte, N.C., in 2010, the 34-year-old cancer survivor hasn’t...
Event 04: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Kalitta desires a return to the Vegas winners circle Las Vegas Highlights: Two wins (Fall 2015, Fall 2004); Four finals (Spring 2014, Fall 2007, Spring 2005, Spring 2003); Two no. 1 qualifiers (Spring 2005, Spring 2003)
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals – Las Vegas
After time in the shop, Cruz Pedregon and team have the Snap-on Toyota ready to go for the inaugural four-wide event in Las Vegas. “Being a part of history and running four-wide at The Strip will be a fun, new challenge, and we're looking forward to it," Cruz says. "To get ready, we took some time to study that intake valve break we had last weekend, and we've got the car set to make more successful runs in Vegas. I had my 500th career start at this track, and fans will remember the 2016 wheel stand…I know I do. So, we plan to make new memories, with even better numbers, while keeping the car on the ground."
Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, "We've got the El Guapo body loaded to go after El Jefe took the heat from a valve issue in Gainesville. I'm feeling good about where we're heading…looking forward to the new four-wide format and a solid Q1 to set the stage for consistent runs in Vegas."