The 1972 Miami Dolphins, the NFL team best known for a perfect season, had their no-name defense. Give Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence a time machine, and he'd be more than willing to put his tireless crew up against them.
Torrence's team works under very little fanfare, but as the 11-time Top Fuel winner, fanfare doesn't win races, a relentless work ethic and a fiery desire for perfection does.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2017-06-19 12:00
The day started out painfully for Clay Millican and ended in the NHRA winners circle Sunday in a swirl of emotions that transcended the obvious joy of a racer who had slogged through 254 starts without a victory – especially after he had won more IHRA Ironman trophies than any Top Fuel driver in history.
At Bristol Dragway, in his beloved home state of Tennessee, on Fathers Day – a day he didn’t even want to talk about after losing 22-year-old son Dalton in a motorcycle accident in August 2015 – Millican claimed his long-awaited first NHRA triumph Sunday.
Edelbrock is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Rogers to the position of President of Edelbrock LLC.
The Board of Directors of Edelbrock LLC has appointed Steve Rogers as the company's President, succeeding Wayne Murray, who will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Steve was the President and CEO of K&N Engineering, Inc. from 2003 to 2014. At Edelbrock, Steve will focus on product strategies and marketing initiatives to continue growing the brand. Wayne Murray will continue to focus on overseeing Edelbrock's manufacturing and foundry operations. John Colaianne will remain as Chief Executive Officer.
Jeff Diehl has dodged cones behind the wheel. He's even dodged errant race cars crossing the centerline.
Diehl, who is an avid surfer in his downtime, can add a supercharger drive to his resume.
Saturday, during Top Fuel's Q-4 session, Diehl, along with Jim Dunn Racing crewmember Eugene Gray were standing along the chain link fence at the edge of the professional pits watching the action when Shawn Langdon experienced his massive supercharger explosion.
The blast set the shrapnel flying from the fiery engine.
John Harold Force carries his father's name in the middle of his full name. However, the gifting of the name pales in comparison to the life's lessons the 68-year old, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion received from Harold Louis Force, a man with deep French roots..
"Good man. I always looked up to him," said Force without hesitation. "He was a role model that I followed, even though he come from the old school. Truck driver, hard worker, street fighter."
There was three traits a Force child must retain. They were all equally important; Force pointed out. They must be a hard worker, respectful of elders and be able to fight if challenged.
Tempers flared in the Bristol Dragway shutdown area during first round Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
In a close race, John Force defeated Del Worsham, and shortly after the Funny Cars crossed the finish line, the 16-time champion's Camaro darted over into Worsham's lane. There was no contact between the race cars, but upon exiting his car, Worsham was not shy about voicing his displeasure.