NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence fined $25,000, assigned to anger management for actions

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November 22, 2019 03:18 PM

NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence fined $25,000, assigned to anger management for actions

Torrence struck rival Cameron Ferre during AAA Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona.

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Steve Torrence celebrates his second NHRA Mello Yello Series Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Dragster championship on Nov. 22 at Pomona.

The NHRA has fined two-time Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence $25,000, and the driver must complete anger management sessions as a result of an altercation with a fellow competitor during the Auto Club NHRA finals at Pomona, California on Nov. 17.
Torrence confronted and struck rival Cameron Ferre after he accused Ferre of using a deep-staging technique during their first round match won by Torrence.
Torrence, who has earned a black belt in taekwondo, according to a story published in the Longview (Tex.) News-Journal, was ruled to have violated the NHRA’s participant conduct policy. He could have faced a points penalty, disqualification or suspension.

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The NHRA posted the following to its website on Friday:
“The following action has been taken against Steve Torrence regarding an incident that occurred during the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Nov. 17, 2019 regarding an altercation with a fellow competitor.  Torrence publicly apologized for his conduct at the season-ending awards ceremony on Nov. 18, 2019. Torrence has been fined twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) and must complete anger management sessions. The fine will be dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of the Safety Safari. The action is appealable.”
Torrence’s apology came on Sunday, following his second-round win over Brittany Force. That victory clinched the season championship for Torrence.

Following his second round victory over closest challenger Brittany Force, Torrence said, “I had to get my head out of my butt. I apologize to each and every fan out there, everybody who has supported me. I got to go find Cameron and apologize to him. Tensions are high, and there’s a lot of crap going on. I’ve been in his shoes where you go up there to win and you might not have the best car but you do everything you can on the starting line.
“With everything going on—and racing for the kid at home who lost his life—there’s no excuse to act that way. I apologize. I’m grateful for the team, and it kind of just soils the day. I’m sorry to every one of you guys.”
Torrence is the second Top Fuel champion to be hit with a violation of the NHRA’s Participant Conduct policy in recent years. Larry Dixon was suspended indefinitely for putting an NHRA sticker on unapproved two-seat dragster Dixon helped to develop that was designed to be used in promotions.
In November 2017, “The NHRA imposed an indefinite suspension of competition privileges against Larry Dixon for violating NHRA Rules, particularly Section 1.3.1 Participant Conduct and 1.6.3 Chassis Inspection of the 2017 NHRA Rulebook. NHRA Tech Department discovered the use of an NHRA chassis tag on an unauthorized and unapproved two-seat dragster.”
The 51-year-old Dixon is a 62-time winner in the NHRA. He has not raced in the series since 2016.

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Steve Torrence successfully defended his Top Fuel crown at Pomona.

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