Not only did he hoist the trophy after a second consecutive Mello Yello championship, joining an elite group of seven other Top Fuel drivers who have prevailed in back-to-back campaigns, he also became just the seventh driver, regardless of category, to win as many as 60 rounds of racing in a single season.
His 60-15 record over the course of the 24-race 2019 campaign made him just the third Top Fuel driver with 60-plus round wins in a season after Tony Schumacher, who reached that number in both 2004 and 2008, and Kenny Bernstein, who went 61-16 in 2001.
In fact, only four-time Pro Stock Champion Greg Anderson can boast more production over a similar time frame with 31 wins in a 30-month span from Feb. 23, 2003 through August 23, 2005.
Perhaps even more impressive than his singular success was the production of Team Capco as a whole. That's because Capco founder and CEO Billy Torrence made some history of his own as the first part-time pro to qualify for the Countdown, ultimately finishing fifth.
Significantly, there was at least one Capco car in the final round at 18 of the 24 events and, on two occasions, it was an all-Capco affair with Steve winning in Topeka, Kan., before Billy prevailed in St. Louis.
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster
Best Date Event Site Qualify/Result Performance Standing 2-10 Lucas Oil Winternationals Pomona, CA 1st/Runner-Up 3.657/331.61 2nd 2-24 Magic Dry Arizona Nationals Phoenix, AZ 14th/1st Round 3.930/261.88 4th 3-17 Amalie Gatornationals Gainesville, FL 3rd/2nd Round 3.680/329.91 3rd 4-07 Denso Four-Wide Nationals Las Vegas, NV 2nd/2nd Quad 3.721/327.59 3rd 4-14 Mopar Express Lane Spring Nationals Houston, TX 2nd/Semifinalist 3.705/327.19 3rd 4-28 NGK 4Wide Nationals Charlotte, NC 6th/WINNER 3.743/327.43 1st 5-05 Arby's Southern Nationals Atlanta, GA 2nd/WINNER 3.727/328.46 1st 5-19 NHRA Virginia Nationals Richmond, Va. 4th/WINNER 3.773/325.14 1st 6-02 NHRA Route 66 Nationals Chicago, IL 3rd/WINNER 3.741/329.34 1st 6-09 Menard's Heartland Nationals Topeka, KS 1st/WINNER 3.721/329.83 1st 6-16 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, TN 3rd/Runner-Up 3.768/326.00 1st 6-23 Summit Equipment Nationals Norwalk, OH 5th/WINNER 3.725/328.30 1st 7-07 NHRA New England Nationals Epping, NH 9th/WINNER3.756/328.62 1st 7-21 Dodge Mile-High Nationals Denver, CO 1st/WINNER3.738/330.31* 1st 7-28 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sonoma, CA 2nd/Semifinalist 3.717/325.85 1st 8-04 Cat Spot Northwest Nationals Seattle, WA 3rd/Runner-Up 3.705/328.46 1st 8-18 Lucas Oil Nationals Brainerd, MN 2nd/2nd Round 3.738/328.70 1st 9-02 Chevrolet U.S. Nationals Indianapolis, IN 3rd/2nd Round 3.656/331.12 1st Countdown to the Mello Yello Championship: 9-15 Mopar Express Lane Keystone Nationals Reading, PA 8th/1st Round 3.697/330.15 3rd 9-29 AAA Midwest Nationals St. Louis, MO 5th/Runner-Up 3.708/327.90 2nd 10-13 NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte, NC 1st/WINNER 3.711/329.34 1st 10-20 AAA Texas Fall Nationals Dallas, TX 4th/1st Round 3.689/329.18 1st 11-03 Dodge Nevada Nationals Las Vegas, NV 5th/Runner-Up 3.690/330.63 1st 11-17 Auto Club Finals Pomona, CA 1st/Semifinalist 3.686/329.99 1st
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Most rounds won, single season
76 by Greg Anderson, Pro Stock, 2004 (76-8, 90.5%)
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Drivers with Consecutive Series Championships Don Garlits 1985-86 Joe Amato 1990-92 Scott Kalitta 1994-95 Gary Scelzi 1998-99 Larry Dixon 2002-03 Tony Schumacher 2004-09 Antron Brown 2015-16 Steve Torrence 2018-19
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