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Four-wide success stories: Torrence, Hines are pretty good at this

With 10 four-wide races in the history books and final eliminations for No. 11 on tap today, some trends have emerged. For example, Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines are both really good at it but Eddie Krawiec could use a little final-round luck.
07 Apr 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence

With 10 four-wide races in the history books, some trends have emerged. For example, Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines are both really good at it but Eddie Krawiec could use a little final-round luck.

With 10 four-wide races in the history books, some trends have emerged. For example, Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines are both really good at it but Eddie Krawiec could use a little final-round luck.

Hines, coming off his win at the Pro Stock Motorcycle season opener at Gainesville, was probably excited that the four-wides were next. Although the bikes did not run at the inaugural four-wide race last year here in Las Vegas, Pro Stock Motorcycle’s winningest is the most successful racer in four-wide history, with three wins, a runner-up, and third-place finish in the eight times that the bikes have gone four-wide.

His Harley-Davidson teammate, Eddie Krawiec, is still looking for his first four-wide win, but he has five runner-ups. 

On the nitro side, Steve Torrence is on a four-wide hot streak, having win the last three straight, sweeping both Vegas and Charlotte last year and winning in Charlotte in 2018. He also was runner-up in 2015 to good pal Antron Brown.

Brown is the only driver to “hit for the cycle” in four-wide racing, owning a finish in each of the four spots, including two wins, a runner-up, two thirds, and a fourth.

Doug Kalitta has been in six of the 10 four-wide Top Fuel finals, but has never won, chalking up two runner-ups, two third-place finishes, and two fourth-place results.

Among current racers, Greg Anderson, Jack Beckman, and Robert Hight each have won the four-wide twice; Anderson also has a pair of runner-ups and a third-place finish in his ledger.

Here’s a scorecard of the previous 10 four-wide events:

 WinnerRunner-upThirdFourth
2018 NGK SPARK PLUGS NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFSteve TorrenceDoug KalittaTerry McMillenClay Millican
FCCruz PedregonJohn ForceTommy Johnson Jr.Courtney Force
PSErica EndersVincent NobileChris McGahaDrew Skillman
PSMJerry SavoieAndrew HinesScotty PollacheckMatt Smith
     
2018 DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, LAS VEGAS
TFSteve TorrenceTony SchumacherDoug KalittaAntron Brown
FCJ.R. ToddJack BeckmanCourtney ForceTommy Johnson Jr.
PSVincent NobileDeric KramerBo ButnerChris McGaha
     
2017 NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFSteve TorrenceTony SchumacherLeah PritchettTerry McMillen
FCRon CappsJack BeckmanJ.R. ToddMatt Hagan
PSChris McGahaGreg AndersonShane GrayDrew Skillman
PSMLE TongletEddie KrawiecAndrew HinesScotty Pollacheck
     
2016 NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFBrittany ForceAntron BrownDoug KalittaClay Millican
FCTim WilkersonCruz PedregonRon CappsMatt Hagan
PSJason LineBo ButnerDrew SkillmanChris McGaha
PSMAndrew HinesEddie KrawiecChip EllisMatt Smith
     
2015 NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFAntron BrownSteve TorrenceRichie CramptonClay Millican
FCJack BeckmanDel WorshamChad HeadTommy Johnson Jr.
PSLarry MorganGreg AndersonJonathan GrayVincent Nobile
PSMAndrew HinesEddie KrawiecHector Arana Jr.Scotty Pollacheck
     
2014 NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFAntron BrownShawn LangdonJ.R. ToddDoug Kalitta
FCRobert HightJohn ForceAlexis DeJoriaTim Wilkerson
PSJimmy AlundShane GrayVincent NobileErica Enders
PSMAndrew HinesEddie KrawiecScotty PollacheckJohn Hall
     
2013 DOLLAR GENERAL NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS
TFSpencer MasseyTony SchumacherShawn LangdonBrandon Bernstein
FCMatt HaganBlake AlexanderTim WilkersonChad Head
PSMike EdwardsErica Enders-StevensGreg AndersonShane Gray
PSMHector Arana Jr.Eddie KrawiecScotty PollacheckJimmy Underdahl
     
2012 NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFSpencer MasseyTony SchumacherAntron BrownDoug Kalitta
FCRobert HightCruz PedregonRon CappsJohn Force
PSGreg AndersonErica EndersVincent NobileJason Line
     
2011 VISITMYRTLEBEACH.COM NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFDel WorshamLarry DixonSpencer MasseyShawn Langdon
FCJack BeckmanBob Tasca IIITim WilkersonJim Head
PSGreg AndersonGreg StanfieldDave ConnollyVincent Nobile
     
2010 NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, CHARLOTTE
TFCory McClenathanDoug KalittaAntron BrownDoug Herbert
FCJohn ForceAshley Force-HoodRon CappsMatt Hagan
PSMike EdwardsJason LineBob YonkeGreg Stanfield
PSMMatt SmithHector AranaSteve JohnsonMichael Phillips