TEXAN EARNS FIRST TOP FUEL WIN OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL – WILL BE BACK AT THE MOTORPLEX IN SEPTEMBER
ENNIS, Texas (June 18, 2013) –Texas Motorplex fan-favorites Steve Torrence and Spencer Massey battled it out on Sunday in Bristol in a Top Fuel race between two Texas natives.
Torrence drove away with the victory, earning his first Top Fuel win of the season and fourth of his career. Torrence turned in a 3.871-second pass at 320.13 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster to beat Massey’s Schumacher Electric dragster’s 3.894 at 317.19.
The victory was the first for Torrence with his new crew chief, veteran tuner Lee Beard. Prior to the Atlanta race in May, Torrence hired Beard to replace his previous tuner, Richard Hogan.
“Today’s been unbelievable,” Torrence said. “I didn’t expect the car to turn around nearly as quickly as it did. My guys worked their tails off with 14- and 15-hour days to get the car setup like we wanted it. I am happy with the way the car is running and it’s real consistent right now. I am happy with the decision we made (to hire crew chief Lee Beard) and it is paying off now.”
Torrence, who qualified second, outran rookie Leah Pruett, points leader Shawn Langdon and Morgan Lucas to advance to his first final round since winning last August in Seattle.
“When you go up there with a load of confidence in your car and your team it’s such a huge difference,” Torrence said. “Lee Beard is very good and he definitely exceeded what we expected. It means we gained some points to get into the Countdown (to the Championship, NHRA’s six-race playoffs) and we earned a spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout.”
Torrence, Massey and all the stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will make its annual stop in North Texas, Sept. 19-22, for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
Tickets are now on sale for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 19-22, 2013. It is the second of six Countdown championship playoff events. Title hopes are on the line, champions are made and the action is as hot as 8,000 horsepower Top Fuelers and Funny Car thunder down the famous all-concrete Texas drag strip.
Fans can now select the exact seats they want to see and feel the blazing action of the quickest and fastest motorsport in the country. Tickets and merchandise are available 24 hours a day at www.texasmotorplex.com. Adult tickets range from $10-$380. Youth tickets (12 years old and under) range from $5-$115. Call (800) MOTORPLEX for more information.
Winning at the Motorplex started with legends as Don “Big Daddy” Garlits (TF), Kenny Bernstein (FC), Bob Glidden (PS) ushered in the new era of Motorplex racing in 1986. That tradition continues as the new generation of champions will defend their 2012 titles when the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals come back for the annual visit. Antron Brown (TF), Bob Tasca (FC), Allen Johnson (PS) and Michael Ray (PSM) earned 2012 victories.
Gates open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, as sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 20 features sportsman qualifying all day highlighted by two rounds of professional qualifying at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.; Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final professional eliminations at 11 a.m.
Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.