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Four-Time Top Fuel World Champ Remains in Third Place in Points

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Steve Torrence failed to get his Capco Contractors dragster into the winners’ circle for the third straight Camping World tour event, something he hasn’t experienced since 2019, but the 38-year-old remained solidly in position to win a fifth straight NHRA Top Fuel championship following Sunday’s weather-battered 53rd annual Amalie Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
Despite a narrow second round loss to 2020 Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley (3.703 to 3.683), Torrence will move on to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Apil 1-3) third in Camping World points.

Top Fuel
– Tripp Tatum, Tripp Tatum Racing dragster, 3.700, 330.31 mph, def. Doug Foley, ProTechs Construction dragster, 3.806, 307.37 mph.
Funny Car – Matt Hagan, Dodge Power Brokers Charger, 3.916, 330.96 mph, def. Blake Alexander, Head Inc. Ford Mustang, 9.561, 80.15 mph.
Pro Stock – Dallas Glenn, Rad Torque Systems Camaro, 6.486, 210.21 mph, def. Kyle Koretsky, Lucas Oil Camaro. 6.513, 211.46 mph.
He is the defending champion in that event and has won six of the last seven four-wide races contested at Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C. No other driver in any category has won more than twice in four-wide competition.
It was a brutal weather weekend in Florida that washed out all but one pro qualifying session. Then, cold temperatures at the outset of racing on Sunday made track conditions especially challenging, resulting in a plethora of upsets and a first-time tour winner in Top Fuel.
Although Torrence qualified No. 3 and was solid in a first-round conquest of old rival Tony Schumacher, he was a couple ticks off Ashley’s first round pace and was unable to make up the deficit in round two.
Meanwhile, Billy Torrence, making his first appearance of the new season in the second Capco Contractors entry, upset 2019 Rookie of the Year Austin Prock in a first round-battle between the No. 9 and No. 8 qualifiers, respectively, but lost in the second round to No. 1 qualifier and eventual race winner Tripp Tatum.
“We get everybody’s best shot,” Torrence said, “but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We knew it was going to be tough this year with guys out there like Justin and Josh Hart and Austin and now Tripp Tatum.
“What a great job by those guys. Us? We’re just working on some things to keep us in the hunt,” he said, “and everything’s not quite right yet. But you know these Capco Boys, they’ll get it figured out and we’ll give it another shot in Vegas.”

Torrence, Force, Salinas and Ashley Will Race for $80,000 at Indianapolis
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Steve Torrence took little time in calling out and then dispatching Leah Pruett in the opening round of the inaugural Pep Boys All-Star Call Out Saturday at Gainesville Raceway but it will be awhile before the Texan and his Capco Contractors teammates can take the next step toward securing the $80,000 earmarked for the winner
Rain, wind and cold temperatures compelled NHRA officials to postpone the conclusion of the race until Labor Day weekend when the Camping World tour makes its annual stop at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park for the U.S. Nationals.
Torrence will oppose either Brittany Force, Mike Salinas or Justin Ashley in the semifinals. Which one will be determined by Force who, after posting the quickest winning time in Saturday’s first round (3.684 seconds) will exercise the event’s unique “pick your opponent” option before the semifinal round.

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TOP FUEL (After 3 of 16 events leading into the Countdown to the Championship)
1. Mike Salinas, San Martin, Calif., Scrappers Racing dragster 256
2. Justin Ashley, Plainfield, N.Y., Phillips Connect/Vita C dragster 233
3. Steve Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, Capco Contractors dragster 209
4. Brittany Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., FLAV-R-PAC/Monster Energy dragster 178
5. Clay Millican, Drummonds, Tenn., Parts Plus dragster 173
6. Tripp Tatum, Brownsburg, Ind., Tripp Tatum Racing dragster 160
7. Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., R+L Carriers dragster 157
8. Doug Foley, Mooresville, N.C., Protechs Construction dragster 155
9. Austin Prock, Pittsboro, Ind., Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster 146
10. Doug Kalitta, Saline, Mich., Mac Tools/Toyota dragster 130
16. Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, Capco Contractors dragster 52

53rd annual Amalie Gatornationals

Qualifying – Steve Torrence, No. 3 at 3.697 seconds, 329.50 miles per hour.
Qualifying bonus points – 1 for third quick time in Q1.
Round 1 – S. Torrence, 3.696, 327.43 mph, def. Tony Schumacher, 3.735, 313.29 mph.
Round 2 – S. Torrence, 3.703, 327.19 mph, lost to Justin Ashley, 3.683, 331.61 mph.
Qualifying – Billy Torrence, No. 9 at 3.763 seconds, 328.78 miles per hour.
Qualifying bonus points – None.
Round 1 – B. Torrence, 4.020, no speed recorded, def. Austin Prock, 5.179, 129.02 mph.
Round 2 – B. Torrence, 3.748, 326.24 mph, lost to Tripp Tatum, 3.727, 326.95 mph.

Next Scheduled CAMPING WORLD TOUR Event:
4th NHRA Vegas Four-Wide Nationals
April 1-3, 2022
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, Nev.

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