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Torrence takes No. 1 spot at Mile-High NHRA Nationals

July 21, 2019
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In this photo provided by the NHRA, Steve Torrence drives in Top Fuel qualifying Friday, July 19, 2019, for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals drag races at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)
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In this photo provided by the NHRA, Steve Torrence drives in Top Fuel qualifying Friday, July 19, 2019, for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals drag races at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Steve Torrence took the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying Saturday in the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

The defending series champion and current points leader had a 3.738-second run at 328.78 mph for his third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 22nd overall. He has won seven of the last eight events.

“We ran well the last three sessions, so the confidence in the car was there for sure,” Torrence said. “I knew the numbers were out there and I’ve got a lot of faith in my team. We just need to go out here and do the best we can on the first race of the three-race Western Swing. To make full pulls consistently, it’s been huge and it’s a big part of our success.”

Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field, Richard Freeman was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Matt Smith led Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Points leader Hight raced to his seventh No. 1 qualifier of the year and 67th overall with a 3.976 at 326.16 in a Cherolet Camaro. Freeman raced to his first career No. 1 qualifier, running a 6.948 at 197.33 in a Camaro. Defending series champion Smith had a 7.132 at 188.31 on an EBR.

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