Four-time reigning World Champion Steve Torrence, left, signs autographs with fellow Team Toyota drivers including, to his right, Alexis DeJoria, J.R. Todd, Justin Ashley and Antron Brown. This week, Torrence will drive his Capco Contractors entry in pursuit of a third straight Top Fuel title in the Mile-High Nationals at Denver.

DENVER – It’s good to be king, especially King of the Mountain, the lofty position four-time reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence will occupy this week when drag racing’s touring pros begin the grind of the Western Swing with a stop at 5,600-foot high Bandimere Speedway.

Although he has yet to hoist a trophy in 2022, Kilgore’s Torrence is favored in the 42nd renewal of the Mile-High Nationals, if not solely on the strength of victories in 2019 and 2021 (the race wasn’t contested in 2020), then certainly on the fact that he is the only driver ever to have broken the 330 mile per hour barrier at the tour’s highest elevation track.

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Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002.

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