By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ — Capco Contractors crew chief Bobby Lagana Jr. grew up at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. For the second straight year, Lagana Jr., along with Richard Hogan, another Torrence crew chief, has helped Steve Torrence win the historic NHRA Summernationals.
Lagana Jr. and his family have a tremendous history at this track. Torrence defeated Antron Brown in the Top Fuel final round.
The Texan went 3.857 at 320.28 mph, while the three-time Top Fuel World Champion and Chesterfield, NJ native went 3.932 at 306.74 mph.
“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.”
Prior to this final round, Brown dominated the series with Torrence. He held a 22-1 advantage.
Brown was also 5-0 in the final rounds against Torrence.
However, on Sunday afternoon in 90-plus degree weather, Torrence had the starting line advantage and never looked back from there.
Torrence won by 0.0795 seconds, or approx. 36 feet. Brown had trouble going down the track, as he dropped a cylinder right as he went off the starting line. He was never able to pick it up and the race was over.
Torrence has won at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the third-time in his career. This is also Torrence’s third win of the season, along with the 11th of his career.
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