Family finals: Steve Torrence beats father Billy at Gatornationals

Postponed 51st running in Gainesville beats weather threats and rain delays

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September 28, 2020 - 8:01 am
Two-time defending Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy Torrence, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

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

"We've got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it's a testament to how hard these guys work," Torrence said. "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."

The 51st annual Gatornationals were postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event fought through threatening weather Sunday and several rain delays.

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.

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