Point Leader Will Be in New CAPCO Dragster for 17th Annual Toyota Nationals

October 18, 2017 -- Forty-eight hours after smacking the concrete guardwall at the Texas Motorplex at more than 320 miles per hour and turning the most dominant Top Fuel dragster on the planet into scrap metal, Steve Torrence returned from the chiropractor “feeling like a million bucks,” relatively speaking.

“I am sore,” admitted the 34-year-old Mello Yello point leader.  “Hell, I crashed into a wall at 330 miles an hour.  That hurts.  But considering everything, I’m good.  If I was a cat with nine lives, I guess I’d be down to six now – cancer, heart attack, crash.” 

Following the worst accident of his racing career, the result of a blown rear tire that sent his Capco Contractors dragster slamming into the left concrete guardwall, the 16-time pro winner is looking forward to resuming his championship battle with Brittany Force, Doug Kalitta and Antron Brown at the 17th annual Toyota Nationals, Oct. 27-29, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

“It’s just part of racing,” Torrence said of the crash.  “It’s not a fun part, but it happens.  I was so proud of how this team responded, but not surprised.  We’re battle tested.  When you go through something like that and respond like we did, you know you can handle any challenge out there.

“Sunday was just a little speed bump, well, a big speed bump, really, but we’re going to continue to pursue this championship with all we have.”


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