After clinching the 2021 Top Fuel Championship earlier in the day, Steve Torrence quickly went back to business making sure he put his best foot forward in attempting to win his 11th Wally in 20 events for the year.
Torrence has had his fair share of success winning more than half of the season’s first 19 events, collecting 10 Wally's including two of the last four events heading into the season finale. It wasn’t enough for the Texan and he did not want to leave one on the table.
He didn't, and went on to dominate the rest of the day like he had done for most of the 2021 season.
"When you come here, no matter what's going on, you're nervous," said Torrence. "First round, you got to do this, you got to do that, and you let pressure kind of kind of influence you. And I think that the more the more experience that you get, the more in these situations that you you've been, you're able to deal with that pressure better, and that that was a huge advantage to me today.
"Winning the race was big. Last year we won the championship but we got beat in the final, same scenario. I'm racing Antron at Vegas and I go up there and do something stupid, I'm late on the tree and lose on the holeshot. I did not want to do that today."
Congrats to Steve Torrence and everyone at Torrence Racing. Next year the team will work with Toyota and will be interesting to see if they can improve further and what they can also offer back to the other Toyota teams.
Score another for the Capco Boys!
RPM Round By Round:
Round 1 - Brandon Welch is the 68th Top Fuel driver to face off against Steve Torrence. Torrence had the faster launch and never trailed running 3.769 at 326 MPH.
Round 2 - Torrence faced Doug Kalitta who surprised Josh Hart in round #1. Torrence had a 23-17 record against Kalitta prior to this run. Torrence got the starting line advantage but quickly ran in to trouble. Luckily for Torrence, Kalitta lost traction at the start and was never able to get it going. Torrence wins with a 4.253 at 200.89 MPH.
Round 3 - Cameron Ferre made it to the semi's but Torrence gets it done to advance running a 3.813 at 283.07 MPH.
Round 4 - Torrence faced off against Antron Brown in the finals. After wrapping up the championship earlier in the day, he could be focused on one thing and that was Wally #51 for his career and 11th of 2021. Brown is 33-19 against Torrence in previous matchups but this time was Torrence's for the taking. Brown had the starting line advantage but Torrence chased him down and gets the win with a 3.759 at 317.12 MPH.
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