Torrence tops qualifying at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Torrence tops qualifying at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 9:10 p.m. ET

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Steve Torrence took the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel on Saturday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Torrence had a 3.745-second pass at 324.12 mph for his sixth No. 1 qualifier of the year and 11th of his career. Torrence won in New Jersey last weekend as the No. 1 qualifier and was second the weekend before in New Hampshire. He has two wins this year.

''It feels great and I did win here a few years ago and it's always Father's Day when we race and this year I have my dad with me so that adds a lot to it,'' said Torrence, the 2013 Bristol winner. ''To be able to share success with him while he's here, with the way the car is running and with the team, the moral is at an all-time high. We're going to try to repeat and go all the way.''

Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field, and Jason Line was No. 1 in Pro Stock.


Capps raced to his third consecutive No. 1 qualifier with a 3.884 at 323.66 in his Dodge Charger R/T. Capps has won the last two races and three so far this year. The three-time Thunder Valley winner has 21 top qualifiers in his career.

Line pushed his Chevrolet Camaro to a 6.652 at 208.01 to earn his fourth consecutive No. 1 qualifier and sixth of the year. Line, who has 47 top qualifiers in his career, won the event 10 years ago. He has five victories this year and leads the points race.