For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Sherk, jlsherk@aol.com/360-981-4806, mobile



October 7, 2012 -- Steve Torrence ran one of his quickest elapsed times of the season – 3.775 seconds at a fast 323.12 mph – but his Capco Contractors Inc. Top Fuel dragster couldn’t hold off Antron Brown in Sunday’s Auto-Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Torrence had a slight edge off the starting line before Brown, the Full Throttle Series pacesetter, took the lead and lit the win light in 3.745 seconds at 327.66 mph.

“That was a tough first-round matchup.  We really wanted to get by Antron,” said Torrence.  “We gave him a good race, but we didn’t do it here.”

Brown became the quickest Top Fuel driver in history in the second round with his winning time of 3.722 seconds while defeating Morgan Lucas.  

Rain that delayed the start of the event by two hours and 15 minutes returned later to force NHRA officials to postpone action until Monday.  The race was halted with one pair of Top Fuel drivers remaining in the second round and is scheduled to resume at 11 a.m.

Now, after six consecutive weekends of racing, Torrence’s crew will use the next two weeks to prepare for the final two of the six Countdown to the Championship races remaining --  Oct. 26-28 at Las Vegas and Nov. 8-11 at Pomona, Calif., Nov. 8-11.

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