S. Torrence and Hight Victorious at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties

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TOPEKA, KS – June 11, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  – Steve Torrence raced to his fifth consecutive race victory Sunday afternoon at the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park when he faced his father, Billy Torrence, in the final round.

Robert Hight was also victorious in Funny Car at the 10th of 24 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Defending world champion S. Torrence raced his Capco Contractors dragster to a run of 3.750-seconds at 326.16 mph to defeat B. Torrence’s 3.768 at 326. S. Torrence was the No. 1 qualifier, secured his first event victory at Heartland Motorsports Park and the 32nd of his career.

“There are no losers or winners today,” S. Torrence stated. “My dad has given me the opportunity to do anything and everything I’ve wanted to do in life and to be able to come out here and race with him as a family and to do this its pretty unbelievable. My mom, my dad and all of those Capco boys are great guys but we’re going to go home to Capco and brag a little bit, but I don’t know what the race was. I saw him right beside me when we shut it off. So, it was an unbelievable day. This is probably one of the most special ones ever.”

S. Torrence faced Terry Totten and Antron Brown before entering the finals. B. Torrence defeated Lex Joon, Richie Crampton and Austin Prock.

Hight locked-in his 49th career victory at the race that started it all for him 25 years ago when he worked on John Force’s Funny Car. He defeated Jack Beckman with a run of 3.895 at 330.88 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS for his fourth victory of the season.

“I think that was the second time this year we’ve qualified in the bottom half of the field,” Hight said. “We just had bad luck. We didn’t miss it or do anything wrong, we just simply had bad luck every run. Finally, we get it together for Q4 and have low E.T. of the session and then low E.T. every session on race day. Once you get going with this team, you just start rolling.”

Hight raced Shawn Langdon, defending world champion J.R. Todd and Tommy Johnson Jr. before entering his 77th career final round. Beckman defeated teammate Matt Hagan, Tim Wilkerson and J. Force en route to his second final round of the season.

The Mello Yello Drag Racing series continues to NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 14-16 at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.

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TOPEKA, KS — Final finish order (1-16) at the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the 10th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

1. Steve Torrence; 2. Billy Torrence; 3. Austin Prock; 4. Antron Brown; 5. Doug Kalitta; 6. Brittany Force; 7. Richie Crampton; 8. Clay Millican; 9. Leah Pritchett; 10. Scott Palmer; 11. Cameron Ferre; 12. Terry Totten; 13. Lex Joon; 14. Terry McMillen.

1. Robert Hight; 2. Jack Beckman; 3. John Force; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5. Bob Tasca III; 6. Ron Capps; 7. Tim Wilkerson; 8. J.R. Todd; 9. Matt Hagan; 10. Dale Creasy Jr.; 11. Jim Campbell; 12. Terry Haddock; 13. Cruz Pedregon; 14. Jack Wyatt; 15. Shawn Langdon.

TOPEKA, KS — Sunday’s final results from the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the 10th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Steve Torrence, 3.750 seconds, 326.16 mph def. Billy Torrence, 3.768 seconds, 326.00 mph.

Funny Car — Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.895, 330.88 def. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.969, 323.97.

Pro Modified — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.747, 251.72 def. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 5.933, 251.58.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Shawn Cowie, 5.213, 279.15 def. Troy Coughlin Jr., 7.406, 118.32.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.446, 269.29 def. Jay Payne, Camaro, 5.592, 262.79.

Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Dragster, 6.764, 177.95 def. Shaun Vincent, Chevy S-10, 8.404, 158.32.

Super Stock — Gene Mosbek, Plymouth Savoy, 10.234, 126.34 def. Vic Penrod, Chevy Camaro, 9.898, 130.67.

Stock Eliminator — Chris Chaney, Chevy Camaro, 10.215, 129.59 def. Scott Libersher, Camaro, Foul – Red Light.

Super Comp — Kyle Fickler, Dragster, 8.913, 161.63 def. Veron Rowland, Dragster, 8.899, 166.15.

Super Gas — Shawn Carter, Chevy Cavalier, 9.896, 166.31 def. Collin Becker, Chevy Camaro, 9.888, 164.45.

Super Street — Trevor Larson, Chevy Corvette, 10.853, 139.54 def. Mike Campbell, Chevy Malibu, Foul – Red Light.

Top Fuel Harley — Tii Tharpe, JTR, 6.313, 227.38 def. Bob Malloy, Buell, 7.391, 132.69.

Factory Stock Showdown — Stephen Bell, Chevy Camaro, 7.908, 174.12 def. Arthur Kohn, Camaro, 7.951, 174.19.

TOPEKA, KS — Final round-by-round results from the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the 10th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:


ROUND ONE — Richie Crampton, 3.793, 320.36 def. Terry McMillen, 7.586, 83.77; Brittany Force, 3.690, 332.67 def. Clay Millican, 3.755, 316.97; Antron Brown, 3.740, 329.58 def. Scott Palmer, 3.825, 324.20; Austin Prock, 3.760, 318.32 def. Cameron Ferre, 3.886, 297.29; Billy Torrence, 3.763, 327.35 def. Lex Joon, 4.064, 233.88; Steve Torrence, 3.745, 325.61 def. Terry Totten, 3.972, 270.10; Doug Kalitta, 3.737, 331.69 def. Leah Pritchett, 3.779, 327.98;

QUARTERFINALS — B. Torrence, 3.769, 328.14 def. Crampton, 4.845, 151.29; S. Torrence, 3.721, 329.83 was unopposed; Prock, 4.035, 236.46 def. Force, 4.348, 193.29; Brown, 3.743, 327.98 def. Kalitta, 3.773, 326.16;

SEMIFINALS — B. Torrence, 3.796, 321.81 def. Prock, 5.333, 138.20; S. Torrence, 3.750, 328.94 def. Brown, 5.603, 128.22;

FINAL — S. Torrence, 3.750, 326.16 def. B. Torrence, 3.768, 326.00.


ROUND ONE — J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.906, 323.12 was unopposed; Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.983, 297.35 def. Jack Wyatt, Dodge Charger, 4.368, 235.80; John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.904, 321.42 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.064, 303.03; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.918, 317.05 def. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.174, 286.68; Ron Capps, Charger, 3.974, 317.57 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.165, 274.94; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.902, 324.20 def. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.362, 208.94; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.912, 326.24 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.925, 326.40; Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.897, 330.88 def. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.800, 165.56;

QUARTERFINALS — Beckman, 3.940, 325.45 def. Wilkerson, 3.956, 320.58; Hight, 3.921, 328.70 def. Todd, 9.547, 85.07; Force, 3.951, 323.66 def. Tasca III, 3.940, 317.05; Johnson Jr., 3.941, 320.66 def. Capps, 3.941, 320.13;

SEMIFINALS — Beckman, 3.970, 326.56 def. Force, 4.001, 323.74; Hight, 3.900, 330.63 def. Johnson Jr., Foul – Red Light;

FINAL — Hight, 3.895, 330.88 def. Beckman, 3.969, 323.97.

TOPEKA, KS — Point standings (top 10) following the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the 10th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

1. Steve Torrence, 949; 2. Doug Kalitta, 628; 3. Brittany Force, 625; 4. Antron Brown, 619; 5. Mike Salinas, 573; 6. Clay Millican, 557; 7. Leah Pritchett, 529; 8. Richie Crampton, 467; 9. Austin Prock, 452; 10. Billy Torrence, 440.

Funny Car

1. Robert Hight, 933; 2. Tommy Johnson Jr., 725; 3. John Force, 681; 4. Ron Capps, 666; 5. J.R. Todd, 656; 6. Jack Beckman, 645; 7. Matt Hagan, 592; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 556; 9. Shawn Langdon, 468; 10. Bob Tasca III, 455.

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