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Torrence wins Top Fuel at NHRA SuperNationals

In this photo provided by NHRA, Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence celebrates Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Toyota NHRA SuperNationals auto race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., after scoring his second career victory. In this photo provided by NHRA, Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence celebrates Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Toyota NHRA SuperNationals auto race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., after scoring his second career victory. (AP Photo/NHRA, Teresa Long)
June 3, 2012
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ENGLISHTOWN, N.J.—Steve Torrence earned his second Top Fuel victory of the season on Sunday, beating Brandon Bernstein in the final round at NHRA SuperNationals.

Torrence eliminated Tony Schumacher and Spencer Massey before using a horsepower advantage to edge Bernstein for the title. Torrence's dragster finished in 3.800 seconds at 323.66 mph while Bernstein posted a time of 3.807 seconds at 321.04 mph.

"It's really a little surreal coming out and having success in a short time," Torrence said. "I figured this team to be a competitive team and run with these guys, but I didn't expect to do as well as we have. It's really gratifying to be able to go out and do that well.

"Today, we had some really tough races. The car that I've got right now is the best Top Fuel car that I've ever driven, so I do feel like we have a championship contender car if it stays the way that it's running."

Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Gray beat teammate Ron Capps for his first victory of the season and second of his career. He recorded a time of 4.078 seconds at 314.39 mph in a Dodge Charger, compared to 5.358 at 160.71 for Capps.

Capps was making his fifth consecutive final round appearance.

Anderson grabbed his fourth Pro Stock victory of the season and career No. 74 in a new car, a Chevy Camaro. He defeated teammate Jason Line in the final with a performance of 6.560 at 212.03 in his Camaro, while Line's Pontiac GXP had a 6.588 at 200.98.

Krawiec, a former Raceway Park general manager, picked up his first Pro Stock Motorcycle victory here and career No. 14 when Hector Arana Sr. fouled at the start of the final.

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