Torrence Banks $100,000 In Traxxas Nitro Shootout

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Steve Torrence (second from left) celebrates his Traxxas Nitro Shootout win Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway. (NHRA photo)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Steve Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to the Top Fuel NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout victory Saturday, during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Torrence ran a 3.673-second pass at 329.50 mph to defeat Tony Schumacher’s losing 3.680 at 330.31 in the U.S. Army dragster, winning $100,000 for topping the specialty event’s final round.

Saturday marked Torrence’s third Traxxas Shootout finals appearance, but his first win in the historic event.

“This is just the icing on the cake; to go to Indy and be able to race in the Traxxas Shootout,” Torrence said. “Thanks to Mike Jenkins and all those guys at Traxxas that put this on. This is an unbelievable deal. When you come out here and you race for 100,000 grand and it’s a race-within-a-race, the competition level is at its highest.”

“It’s the baddest eight guys in drag racing and when you go up there you have to bring your A-game every lap. I’m thankful we were able to come out with a win.”

Torrence defeated Clay Millican and Doug Kalitta in the first two rounds before knocking off Schumacher.

Schumacher powered past Brittany Force and Terry McMillen before falling to Torrence in the final.

CREDIT: NHRA Communications

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