NHRA drivers took the opportunity to shake off the rust at the preseason test session at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Jan. 30-Feb. 2. where defending Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence showed no sign of slowing down by setting the quickest pass of the session.
Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to a 3.689-second pass at 328.78 mph during Thursday’s testing. The Texas native made history last season as he went undefeated during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
“We didn’t change anything going into this test session,” Torrence said. “We just needed to brush the rust off of myself and the guys to get prepared for Pomona. There’s some really good cars out there that we’re going to have to contend with this season. We will take this with a grain of salt, build confidence and see what we can do.”
2017 Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force (pictured above) powered her Advance Auto Parts dragster to a run of 3.700 at 321.27 on Saturday and Billy Torrence rounded out the top three with a run of 3.731 at 325.14 on Friday.
Two-time Funny champion Robert Hight led the category with his pass of 3.863 at 326.87 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro on Friday. Hight finished the 2018 season second overall and is seeking his third championship during the 2019 season.
Defending world champion J.R. Todd made the second quickest pass of the session with a 3.868 at 324.36 in his DHL Toyota Camry and 16-time world champion John Force was third with his 3.894 at 331.61 on Saturday.
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season starts next weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.