Capps ‘Goes for Three’ in Lucky Livery Ron Capps Seeks Third Consecutive Win with NAPA Brakes Scheme
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 28, 2019) – What was supposed to be a one-time look for Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car team has extended to three races – and counting – of campaigning the popular NAPA Brakes scheme, with its next on-track appearance slated for this weekend’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals in...
Torrence Still Finding Time to Win
MELLO YELLO CHAMP FAVORED AT ROUTE 66 NATIONALS
CHICAGO, Ill. – So far this season, Mello Yello drag racing Champion Steve Torrence has roped calves with world champion cowboy Tuf Cooper, worked the takeout window at an Arby’s restaurant in Georgia, blocked hats at The American Hat Company in his native Texas and put together a program with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation through which first responders got free tickets to the AAA Texas Fall Nationals this October.
Oh, yeah, he’s also managed to find time to drive his 330 mile-an-hour Capco Contractors dragster to three straight NHRA tour victories, a feat that sends him into this week’s 22nd annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals as both the Mello Yello point leader and the favorite to win Sunday’s eliminations.
Both are familiar roles for the 36-year-old who has won 22 of the last 51 races in drag racing’s premier series. To put it another way, Torrence has won more races over the last three seasons...
McMillen teams up with ATG Intelligent Glove Solutions
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 28, 2019) - Terry McMillen, team owner and driver of the AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel team announced today a partnership with ATGⓇ Intelligent Glove Solutions. The deal will make ATG’s MaxiFlexⓇ Glove the official glove of Terry McMillen Racing.
TERRY MCMILLEN RACING FEATURED BY YOUTUBE STAR STEPHEN SHARER AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS
ELKHART, Ind. (May 29, 2019) --- During the 2nd annual Virginia NHRA Nationals Terry McMillen Racing hosted YouTube star Stephen Sharer, introducing the social media personality to the sights and sounds of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing. McMillen, driver of the AMALIE® Motor Oil...
TORRENCE REPEATS AT RICHMOND
Reigning Champion Beats Brown in Final; Extends Top Fuel Point Lead
RICHMOND, Va. – Steady Steve Torrence repeated as Top Fuel champion at the NHRA Virginia Nationals Sunday and, in so doing, became just the ninth driver in history to win as many as 30 tour events in drag racing’s premier division.
The 36-year-old Texan beat his dad, Billy, in the semifinals before edging close friend and arch rival Antron Brown in a classic final to extend his current tour winning streak to three straight. As a result, when racing resumes with the 22nd annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Chicago, May 30-June 2, he will lead Brittany Force by a whopping 160 points.
Sunday, Torrence drove his Capco Contractors dragster through the 1,000-foot course in 3.881 seconds at a finish line speed of 319.22 miles per hour to win for the 22 time in the last 50 tour events. Brown, who has beaten the reigning series champion more often than anyone else in the category...
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Virginia Nationals - Dinwiddie, VA
Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to Virginia Motorsports Park and ready for another win at the Virginia Nationals. "We really feel like we've gotten any bad mojo out of our system and it will be fun to be back on the track again, especially since this race has been a winner for us before," says Cruz. "We were glad to return to Richmond last year since there'd been a 10 year hiatus, and the second year back should be a good one for us. We're ready to put on a good show for everyone in the stands, and fans streaming the race online or watching on FOX Sports."
Crew Chief Glen Huszar and Assistant Crew Chief Nick Casertano are working with the team to prep the car for one of the smoothest tracks on the circuit. They're also keeping an eye on the weather conditions that are predicted to be a little cooler with the possibility of rain. For this race, the Snap-on Dodge® will return to the...
TEXAN SENDS CAPCO DRAGSTER AFTER THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
RICHMOND, Va. – Steve Torrence sends his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster after its third straight tour victory this week when he defends his title in the 12th NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
On the strength of consecutive victories at Charlotte and Atlanta, the talented Texan has roared back into the Top Fuel point lead and put his rivals on notice that, despite a couple of stumbles early in the campaign, he fully intends to repeat as Mello Yello Champion.
When you’ve won 21 of the last 50 NHRA tour events, as Torrence has, it’s hard to be humble, but the 36-year-old cancer survivor is doing his best.
"I’m very confident,” he said, “(and) I think that maybe some of my confidence comes off as cockiness. Looking back on it, maybe some of the ways that I've acted weren’t a true indication of who I really am, and I regret that.
"But, really, I don’t have anything to be cocky about,” he explained...
Team Kalitta looks to continue to dominate 2019 season with four wins in seven races including two each in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and maintains Top Ten point position.
This weekend at the Virginia Nationals Top Fuel standout Doug Kalitta will return to the Toyota Top Fuel dragster he raced during the Houston SpringNationals. The partnership between Toyota, Mac Tools and Team Kalitta strengthens with every...
TORRENCE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT
Reigning Champion Beats 2017 Champ, No. 1 Qualifier in Top Fuel Final
ATLANTA, Ga. – Steve Torrence won a showdown between the top two qualifiers and the two most recent Mello Yello World Champions Sunday, driving his streaking Capco Contractors entry past the dragster of Brittany Force in the final round of the 39th annual Arby’s Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
The victory, the second in as many weeks for the 36-year-old Texan, enabled him to extend his lead to almost 100 points seven races into the 18-event regular season that determines eligibility for the NHRA playoffs.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t a typically overpowering win for the sport’s dominant driver and team.
Although he qualified No. 2, Torrence misfired on two of his three qualifying runs and needed every bit of his driving skill to ease past Shawn Reed in Sunday’s semifinals. Reed actually was quicker on the race track at 3.864 seconds (to Torrence’s 3.876) but...
ATLANTA, Ga. – Life may be good for world drag racing champion Steve Torrence, but don’t expect smiles from the talented Texan when he rolls his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to the starting line for this week’s 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
It’s nothing personal. The most dominant driver over the past three seasons and the current Mello Yello point leader simply has come to the realization that he’s a better driver when he’s able to use “anger management,” as he did last week in winning the NGK 4Wide Nationals at Charlotte, N.C.
“I don’t think I drive my best when I’m relaxed and comfortable,” said the cancer survivor and former Top Alcohol Dragster world champ (2005). “I have to race with a little chip on my shoulder and sometimes that’s misinterpreted. I’m really not mad at anyone, I’m just trying to get myself in race mode.
“I think maybe I was driving a little too defensively...
Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 7 of 24: 2019 Southern Nationals
April 3-5, 2019
Team Kalitta looks to continue to dominate 2019 season with four wins in six races including two each in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and maintains Top Ten point position.
Event 6 of 24: NHRA Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals
April 26-28, 2019
Shawn Langdon Breaks Through
For First Funny Car Win
Every Funny Car win is tough to earn but Shawn Langdon, the driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car, faced one of the toughest finals in modern history. Standing between the second year Funny Car driver...