Torrence sets track records at NHRA qualifying in Joliet

In this photo provided by the NHRA, Matt Hagan drives in Funny Car qualifying Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals drag races at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. (Teresea Long/NHRA via AP)

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Steve Torrence earned the top spot in Top Fuel after the second day of qualifying Saturday for the JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Torrence set track records with a run of 3.677 seconds at 333.58 mph on Friday night, and held on to the No. 1 position for the first time this season. The event’s defending champion and current Top Fuel points leader will be looking to add to his category-best three wins this season on Sunday.

”Yesterday had some pretty optimal conditions which allowed for us to have that strong run, but it is definitely a huge confidence booster to go into race day knowing my team has a strong handle on the tune-up,” Torrence said. ”I think we are getting really close to having the most consistent car we have ever had, and it’s fun to be driving this racecar right now.”

Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned No. 1 qualifying spots.

Hagan had a 3.917 at 326.79 and Anderson ran a 6.546 at 211.03 on Friday. Hines, who also led after the first day, regained the top spot with a 6.849 at 194.83 on Saturday.