The much rumored absence of defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence has come to pass, with the Texan making a statement on social media saying that the team will not be at the season opening Winternationals.
Torrence said: “Due to untimely circumstances beyond our control, it’s in the best interest of Torrence Racing to not participate in this weekend’s season opener in Pomona, California. We cannot thank our fans enough for their continued support and understanding at this time.”
The impact of Torrence skipping Pomona has had a wider impact, with Scott Palmer – whose team works closely on a technical level with Torrence Racing – to also miss the event.
The NHRA Top Fuel entry list for Pomona, excluding Palmer, currently consists of 14 cars.