NHRA: Torrence Takes Command In Englishtown Summernationals

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Steve Torrence found the winner’s circle Sunday in Top Fuel action at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. (NHRA photo)

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — Steve Torrence powered his Top Fuel dragster to victory on Sunday during the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the 10th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Torrence secured his third victory of the season with a 3.857-second pass at 320.28 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster, defeating Antron Brown, who ran a 3.932 at 306.74 in his Matco Tools dragster in the final round.

He emerged victorious for the first time since winning back-to-back races in Charlotte and Atlanta, and has now reached the final round at five of the past six events.

The win was only Torrence’s second victory in 24 matchups against Brown in his career, and marked his third career victory in Englishtown.

“All day long I was confident because we have historically done well in Englishtown, since I have won here twice and don’t have that chip on my shoulder,” Torrence said. “Both Antron [Brown] and I have cars that can win and we know we just have to do our jobs to win. I know my record against him isn’t the best, but it’s always fun to go up against one of my best friends in the final round.”

Torrence qualified second and defeated Smax Smith, Clay Millican and Doug Kalitta on the way to victory, while Brown qualified first and defeated Blake Alexander and Brittany Force before reaching his fifth final round of the year.

Torrence now trails Brown by just seven points in the Top Fuel standings, while previous points leader Leah Pritchett fell to third with a first round exit in Englishtown.

Beckman earned his 25th career victory and first of the season with a 4.100 at 312.42 in the final round, beating teammate Ron Capps, who ran a 4.143 at 299.66.

This was Beckman’s first win since St. Louis in 2016, and his first final round appearance of the season.

“There have been quite a few variables for our team already this season, and we needed to get this win today so we knew that we could do this more often,” Beckman said. “Not only is this our team’s first win together, but a win at the Summernationals in Funny Car is about as cool as it gets.”

Beckman qualified fourth and defeated Jim Campbell, Cruz Pedregon and Ron Capps before reaching his first final round of the season.

Defending world champion Capps reached his sixth final round of the year after defeating Del Worsham, Alexis DeJoria and Robert Hight.

With the win, Beckman sits at third in the standings as the fifth different Funny Car winner of the season. Capps maintained his lead atop the Funny Car standings with his runner-up finish in Englishtown.

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