By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In the beginning of the season, Don Schumacher Racing’s Leah Pritchett, Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown were dominating the Top Fuel ranks. Now, as of late, Steve Torrence has been on top of the mountain, as he’s won three out of the last five races.
Torrence picked up the Wally with a 3.779 at 326.06 mph pass in his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. He took down his brother from another mother Brown, who went down the track in his Matco Tools dragster at 3.786 at 326.71 mph.
“I knew Antron [Brown] was going to bring his best, because when we race each other, we are both at our best,” Torrence said. “When I go up to the line I only think about racing my car and trying to beat everybody, and with the car that I have right now, I feel like we can beat anybody at any time.”
These two drivers last raced each other in the final round at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on June 11th. Torrence went 3.857 to Brown’s 3.932 mph.
Like was the case at Englishtown, Brown has a dominating advantage against Torrence in the past. He held a 22-2 round record against Torrence in prior events.
Brown also had a 5-1 record against Torrence in final rounds.
The three-time world champion had the early starting line advantage. However, by the time the cars went past the Christmas three, Torrence had the lead and never gave it up.
Torrence won by 0.0055 seconds, or approx. three feet. With the win, it’s his fifth Wally of the season — and his 13th of his career.
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