For Immediate Release
CAPCO STREAK ENDS AT BRAINERD
Neither Torrence Dragster Advances to Final Round at Lucas Oil Nationals
BRAINERD, Minn. – For the first time in 12 races and for just the fourth time all season long, there wasn’t a Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster in the final round of an NHRA national event Sunday when Leah Pritchett won the 38th annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Reigning series champion and runaway point leader Steve Torrence dropped a narrow second round decision to Doug Kalitta and dad Billy’s first foul start as a pro ended his bid in the same round, placing in peril his eleventh hour bid for a berth in the Countdown to the Mello Yello Championship.
When racing begins Labor Day weekend in the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind., Billy Torrence will trail Terry McMillen by 41 points in the battle for the 10th and final starting spot.
To make the playoffs, the elder Torrence would need to go...