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NHRA Wrap-Up: Torrence, Todd & Nobile Win 4-Wide Event in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals winners

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), J.R. Todd (Funny Car), and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) were winners Sunday at the 19th Annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While this is the 19th year of this spring race in Las Vegas, it was the first ever to feature four-wide racing. (Image/NHRA)

Steve Torrence raced to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 19th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to put the finishing touch on the inaugural four-wide racing experience in front of a sellout crowd.

J.R. Todd in Funny Car and Vincent Nobile in Pro Stock were also winners in their respective categories at the fourth event on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Torrence piloted his dragster to a 3.771-second pass at 326.63 miles per hour for the 18th victory of his career and second of the season. He defeated top-qualifier Tony Schumacher, three-time world champion Antron Brown, and Doug Kalitta in the final round.

“I knew my team was confident coming into today, but going into a final round against Antron [Brown], Tony Schumacher, and Doug [Kalitta] up against you makes it a tough round,” Torrence said. “Our car still isn’t performing at the level it was last year, but we know we just have to work on the car and prepare for the later part of this season when every race really matters.”

With the victory, Torrence moves atop the Top Fuel points standings as he chases his first world championship in the class.


Todd Outruns Funny Car Field

Todd ran a 4.041 at 317.05 in his Toyota Camry for his first DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals win and 11th of his career. Jack Beckman finished in second after his 4.052 at 312.21, while Courtney Force wound up third and Tommy Johnson Jr. ended in fourth.

“We brought out a new car in Gainesville and struggled during Friday’s qualifying this weekend, but I got my confidence up in the fourth round of qualifying and then definitely carried over into today,” Todd said. “I know it’s going to be tough to crack the top 10 in this Funny Car class because it’s so competitive, so every win we can get is going to help us crack the Countdown to the Championship.”

Nobile Wins Pro Stock

In Pro Stock, Nobile picked up his 11th career victory and first at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he ran a 6.591 at 210.44 in his Chevy Camaro. He bested Deric Kramer, Bo Butner and Chris McGaha in the final round.

“My team worked their tails off this weekend, we went through three engines over the weekend but overall it was a great weekend and there isn’t any reason we can’t be back in the winner’s circle again soon,” Nobile said. “The car has been running well but we have had some bad luck so far this season, but we are hoping this is our turning point.”


The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas April 20-22.

NHRA Pro Stock Point Standings

  1.  Bo Butner                 322
  2.  Chris McGaha              293
  3.  Deric Kramer              289
  4.  Vincent Nobile            283
  5.  Jason Line                268

NHRA Funny Car Point Standings

  1.  Jack Beckman              338
  2.  Courtney Force            302
  3.  Matt Hagan                301
  4.  Tommy Johnson Jr.         265
  5.  Ron Capps                 258

NHRA Top Fuel Point Standings

  1.  Steve Torrence            333 
  2.  Tony Schumacher           300
  3.  Antron Brown              290 
  4.  Clay Millican             255 
  5.  Doug Kalitta              248

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Point Standings

  1. Eddie Krawiec              123 
  2. Andrew Hines               107
  3. Scotty Pollacheck           76 
  4. Hector Arana                71 
  5. Steve Johnson               53
  5. Angelle Sampey              53
Drag Race Central and NHRA contributed to this report.
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