From 11,000 Horsepower to One for Four-Time Reigning Top Fuel Champ

December 1, 2021 -- An especially busy off-season continues this week for four-time reigning world drag racing champion Steve Torrence, who briefly will downsize his horsepower requirements in support of his many rodeoing friends at the 63rd annual National Finals Rodeo beginning today at Thomas & Mack Center.

While he is accustomed to the 11,000 horses that propel his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to speeds exceeding 330 miles per hour, the 38-year-old is just as comfortable with one horsepower, which is what he uses to work cattle.

In fact, while he is best known as the only driver in drag racing history to have swept the NHRA playoffs and one of only seven to have won four straight world titles, away from the racetrack he is much more than just a drugstore cowboy. 

A competent Team Roper schooled by four-time NFR World Champion Tuf Cooper as well as the owner of Torrence Land & Cattle Co., he and his “Capco Boys” have hosted rodeo cowboys at a number of NHRA events through their mutual association with The American Hat Company.

The most recent VIPs in the Capco pit area were Tilden Hooper and Sage Kimzey, two of the cowboys to whom Torrence will be lending his support at the NFR.  Hooper is a professional bareback bronc rider who also was cast as a cowboy in episode 10 of the hit TV series Yellowstone.  Kimzey is a six-time NFR Champion bull rider.

The NFR and the bright lights of The Las Vegas Strip stand in stark contrast to the setting in which Torrence began the week.  On Tuesday, the 51-time NHRA tour winner rode down a street briefly re-named in his honor as Grand Marshall of the annual city of Kilgore Christmas Parade.


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