Val Torres visited the NHRA winners circle for the second time this year already after winning Super Comp at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Torres was given the easy first round victory after opponent Mitch Withers left before the tree activated. Val ran an easy 8.876 and was onto round two.
In the second round of eliminations, Torres had the starting line advantage, .032 to .057, over opponent Jerry Denton and ran closer to the 8.90 index to take the round victory. Torres’ 8.953 was too much for Denton’s 8.960 to handle.
Torres and Jordan Stewart squared up in the third round of eliminations. With the starting line advantage, .021 to .039, Torres fed Stewart the stripe causing him to break out by -.042. Torres ran an 8.896 to move onto the next round.
With a huge starting line advantage in the fourth round of eliminations, .013 to .083, Torres dropped to send opponent Chad Webber through the stripe by .006 to break out by .001! Torres ran an 8.963 to advance to the semifinals.
Very well-known super class racers Trevor Larson and Val Torres lined up for battle in the semifinals. Torres had the starting line advantage, .010 to .021, and never trailed for the victory. He ran an 8.907 while Larson broke out by -.025. The win sent Torres to the final round.
Torres and Cal Belden were the final two competitors remaining on Sunday evening. Belden made it past multiple tough competitors, like Seth Polvadore and Thomas Bayer, to make it to the final round.
Belden unfortunately turned it red by -.005, handing the event trophy to Torres. Torres posted a perfect .000 reaction time and lifted to take a victory lap down the racetrack. This was his eighth National Event Wally.
Congrats to Val Torres and his family on their latest victory!
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About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.