NHRA: Rain washes out Seattle final round; to resume at Brainerd, Indy

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Persistent rain washed out the final and deciding round of eliminations in the Protect The Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday evening at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle.

Per NHRA policy, and because only one round of eliminations remain to determine the winners in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, teams will not remain in Seattle nor run on Monday.

Instead, the finals for Top Fuel and Funny Car will be contested prior to the next national event in two weeks at Brainerd, Minnesota. The final rounds are expected to be held on Friday, August 19.

Finals for Pro Stock will be contested prior to the start of the sport’s biggest race of the season, the U.S. Nationals, on Labor Day Weekend. The final round is expected to be held on Friday, Sept. 2.

In the rescheduled Top Fuel final at Brainerd, two-time and defending series champ (and current points leader) Antron Brown will face Steve Torrence.

In the rescheduled Funny Car final at Brainerd, Del Worsham, who twice set the national elapsed time during Saturday’s qualifying at Seattle, will face points leader Ron Capps, who has won four races this season and is seeking his 50th career Funny Car win.

In the rescheduled Pro Stock final at Indianapolis, we’ll see the first final round of the season that does not include points leaders and teammates Greg Anderson and Jason Line. Instead, it will be Vincent Nobile vs. Aaron Strong.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.