Billy Torrence Out At Virginia Nationals, Top Fuel Future Remains Uncertain


By Briar Starr, NHRA Staff Writer

As with most things in racing, it appears financing has left Billy Torrence on the sidelines as the Torrence Racing team announced earlier this week, that it will not field a second CAPCO car for the Virginia Nationals in Richmond, Virginia this weekend. 

Billy Torrence, who is the CEO of primary team sponsor CAPCO, was running a second car in the Top Fuel division, is out of the car for the foreseeable future.

In its release, the team cited a “lack of sufficient racing resources to support a two-car effort.” Therefore, Torrence Racing has gone ahead to eliminate the entry and leave it to Steve Torrence to bring home the Wallys. 

Additionally, Torrence Racing says running an international oil and gas pipeline construction business over the last few years has created challenges in receiving parts and crew members to race in Top Fuel on a limited basis. 

So far this season, Billy Torrence has only competed in the Gatornationals and the Spring Nationals in Houston. At those two races, he had a quarter-final finish losing to Tripp Tatum in Gainesville, and a semi-final appearance at Houston losing to Brittany Force. 

Torrence Racing is unclear when Billy’s next Top Fuel start will come at this time. As a part-time racer, his NHRA record consists of qualifying for all 75 races he has attempted, which forced the NHRA to change its championship qualification rules.

Briar Starr
I have been a passionate motorsports fan for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was particularly just a NASCAR fan, but as I grew older, I discovered other racing series such as IndyCar, NHRA, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Monster Energy Supercross among many others. While I do love watching these sports every weekend, I enjoy learning about the history of the organizations as well. The history of these sports have always fascinated me. Nine times out of 10, you will find me reading old racing magazines or racing biography books and in many cases, listening to multiple racing podcasts on a daily occasion. The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has become my favorite series to cover over the past couple of years. Learning about the history of the sport and interviewing multiple personalities. In addition, learning how a Pro Stock Motorcycle can go 200 mph in just six seconds or a Funny Car going 330 mph in just three seconds is intriguing to me. Eventually, my dream position is to be a Public Relations Representative or a Digital Media personality in the motorsports field by having a Public Relations degree. Some of my favorite interviews have included Tony Stewart, Ron Capps, Angelle Sampey, Angie Smith, Brittany Force, and Steve Torrence.

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