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Torrence Leads Top Fuelers Into Englishtown Eliminations

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 12 2016
Steve Torrence captured the pole in Englishtown on Saturday. (File photo courtesy of the NHRA)

Steve Torrence captured the pole in Englishtown on Saturday. (File photo courtesy of the NHRA)


Steve Torrence will start Sunday’s Top Fuel eliminations at Englishtown from the pole position. Joining Torrence as pole winners at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday were Ron Capps (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Torrence, who won the season opener in Pomona, piloted his dragster to a 3.735-second pass at 325.06 mph on Friday to propel him into eliminations as the top qualifier. Torrence, who won in Englishtown in 2012, will line up against Smax Smith in the first round of eliminations Sunday morning.

“I had no expectations of the car coming out this year and running as well as it has,” said Torrence, who posted a runner-up finish last weekend in Epping. “I had five No. 1 qualifiers coming into this season, and we’ve had five in this season already. So far it’s been a storybook season, and we’re just going to try and maintain that consistency.”

Capps’ elapsed time track record of 3.870 at 318.62 in his Dodge Charger R/T from the first round of qualifying on Friday earned him his third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 20th of his career. He has posted 12 consecutive three-second runs in his Dodge Charger R/T. Capps, who won last week in Epping, will face John Hale to open eliminations.

“It feels good. You’ve got to be careful when you get a little too confident,” Capps said. “It’s been great, and I love the horse I get to ride right now. (Crew chief Rahn) Tobler’s done a great job. He’s so focused, and he’s having such a good time.

“The first lap we made on Friday was an eye-opener, not just for everybody else, but for me as a driver, ’cause it set me back in the trunk again. We tried to get ready for race day today and it did slow down a bit, but it was hot. It’s funny, because they were disgusted in my pit area with those two runs today because they weren’t the quickest of each session. And I love that right now.”

Line powered to the quickest time of the year in Pro Stock and earned his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season with a 6.519 at 212.56 in his Ken Black Racing Chevy Camaro. Line, a two-time world champion, will open Sunday’s eliminations with a first-round bye.

Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Krawiec secured his third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 30th of his career with a 6.783 at 195.53 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. Krawiec, the Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader, has won two races this season and appeared in all three Pro Stock Motorcycle finals in 2016. Krawiec will race Brian Pretzel in the first round.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 12 2016
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