Val Torres visited the winners circle once again after winning Super Gas at the Lucas Oil NHRA WinterNationals in Pomona, California.
POMONA- Val Torres earned his seventh NHRA Wally after defeating Greg Ventura in the final round at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Pomona. This was Torres’ second career win at the Winternationals.
Super class racer Val Torres was thrilled to visit the winner’s circle for the second time at Pomona. Many stellar rounds led Torres to the final round on Sunday evening. Torres averaged a .021 reaction time through six rounds of eliminations, which was crucial to his success.
In the first round of eliminations, Torres let go with an .012 reaction time and ran a 9.883 to take the double-breakout victory over Todd Barton. Barton was .016 and ran a 9.866.
Torres took the second-round win after Matt Treadway turned on the red-light by -.032. Torres was .034 and posted a 9.885 to move onto round three.
With the starting line advantage in the third round of eliminations, Torres took the round win with a .013 light paired with a 9.921 to Rich Givins’s .034 reaction time and a 9.910.
In a very close fourth round race, Val Torres won a virtual dead-heat against Marko Perivolaris. Torres was .010 take nothing to win the double-breakout race with the talented West Coast racer. The margin of victory was less than a thousandth after Torres was .001 quicker on the tree, .010 to .011, and .001 slower on the track, 9.869 to 9.868
The thousandths continued to fall in Torres’ favor at the Winternationals as Damon Bustamante broke out by -.001 in their semifinal match up. Bustamante took .030 stripe to go 9.899 on the 9.90 index. The win sent Torres to the final where he faced Greg Ventura.
Ventura made it to the final round after posting stellar reaction times and making it past names like Casey Plaizier, Ed Olpin Jr., and Gary Mignacca.
For the third consecutive round, Torres survived by just one thousandth of a second. After Ventura grabbed a .013 to .034 advantage at the tree, Torres had little choice but to turn him lose at the stripe. Ventura took .051 stripe to run -.001 under the 9.90 index while Torres slowed to a 9.929 for the win.
Congrats to Val Torres and his family on their latest victory!
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