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Torrence wins second straight Top Fuel race

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Like Ron Capps, Steve Torrence, the Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster pilot, is also on a win streak. The NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car Dodge Charger R/T pilot has won three straight races, while Torrence won his second straight on Sunday.

Torrence won the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway with a win over Tony Schumacher. In a match-up of fellow Texans, Torrence went 3.745 at 320.81 mph for the win, while Schumacher in his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster went 4.061 at 243.28 mph.

Steve Torrence (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Steve Torrence (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Schumacher continues to be winless at Atlanta Dragway, the only racetrack he has not won at.

“The racecar I have right now is the best racecar that I’ve ever had in my life,” Torrence said. “My driving is showing that I’m confident in it. The continuity of my team has what it takes to win championships. We’ve got a chip on our shoulders and a point to prove.”

According to, this was the 101st time that the top two qualifiers met in the Top Fuel final round. This was the seventh time that he had happened at this race.

The last time that it happened was when Torrence defeated Schumacher in 2012. Overall, according to the site, the No. 1 qualifier won 57 of the previous 100 times.

Prior to this final round, Schumacher was 17-10 against Torrence. However, Torrence was 3-1 in final rounds against The Sarge.

As the race started, Schumacher had the early advantage. But started to smoke the tires early and that’s when Torrence took the lead by the Christmas tree.

This is Torrence’s 10th Wally of his career. He also had the quickest pass of the day with his 320.81 mph pass.

Despite losing the past two races, Papa John’s Top Fuel dragster pilot Leah Pritchett is the points leader with 641 points. Schumacher is second with 627 points and Torrence is third with 592 points.

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