Written by Tracy Renck.

billy torrenceThe rumor of Billy Torrence attempting to get a Top Fuel license became a reality at the test session at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis Wednesday and Thursday.

“Really, the ultimate plan was to come out here at the end of the season,” Billy Torrence said. “We had anticipated testing here in the middle of the season, but it just had not been the time to do it. We want to come out and get licensed and run Countdown races and maybe run a few races next year. It is just a really good avenue for my business. It will help Steve (Torrence, Billy’s son) and his team and just be a good time.”

The U.S. Nationals are Aug. 28-Sept. 2 in Indianapolis, followed by the six-race Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship Playoffs beginning in Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 13-15. The top 10 finishers in the regular season point standings in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualify for the Countdown.

Steve Torrence runs the Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports dragster and is presently ninth in the point standings. Capco Contractors, Inc. is a family-owned and operated construction company specializing in the gas and oil industry. The company is owned by Billy Torrence and is based in Henderson, Texas.

Billy is no stranger to drag racing, but driving a Top Fuel machine is totally new to him.

“It is indescribable, actually,” Billy said about being behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster. “It is totally exhilarating. It is a steep learning curve. I’m behind where I thought I should be, but I have a good teacher and we will be fine.”

Billy did take a moment to imagine what it would mean if he could qualify for the U.S. Nationals.

“That would be outstanding to come here and get licensed and qualify,” Billy said. “That would be a red-letter day for us.”

Veteran tuner Donnie Bender is in charge of Billy Torrence’s Top Fuel dragster. Lee Beard, a world championship crew chief and team manager, is Steve Torrence’s crew chief, having joined the team in early May.

Steve Torrence also debuted a new dragster at the test session in Indianapolis this week.


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