Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Steve Torrence won the Four-Wide Nationals.
The three-time and reigning NHRA Camping World Top Fuel champion won for the sixth time in the last seven NHRA four-wide events, driving his Capco Contractors machine to a final-round victory over Brittany Force, Antron Brown, and Josh Hart.
Torrence’s red and black Richard Hogan-tuned steamroller ran 3.71 to beat Force to the stripe with recent Southern Nationals champ Antron Brown finishing third and Gatornationals champ Josh Hart in fourth,
At first, admittedly, I was not a fan of the four-wide but Bruton Smith and Marcus, thank you guys, I love it," said Torrence. "I mean, we do really well. I don't know why, but I like to keep doing it. It's the only thing that I've got a winning record, and so I'm proud of that. It makes us as a driver step up more, I think that it takes you out of your body, your wheelhouse of thinking makes you concentrate and focus a lot more."
Torrence won his first-round quad ahead of Doug Foley, Mike Salinas, and Artie Allen with low e.t. of the day, 3.70, then finished second behind Brown in his semifinal quad.
Force, who qualified No. 1 with a track-record 3.662, had won the 2016 Four-Wide event, and got the chance to win another by winning her first-round quad ahead of fireballing Clay Millican at a new track speed record of 333.49 mph then finished second behind Hart in their semifinal quad.