Steve Torrence fastest in Top Fuel qualifying at Gateway

MADISON, Ill. -- Steve Torrence took the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying spot Saturday night in the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The points leader picked up his third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 19th of his career with a run of 3.675 seconds at 327.19 mph.

"It was a good qualifying effort on our part," Torrence said. "Today's track conditions were the best of the season thus far. We were trying to run harder on Billy's [Torrence] car but ended up being able to do it with my car taking the No.1 spot. We are feeling confident going into tomorrow."

Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field, Jeg Coughlin Jr. was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Chip Ellis qualified No. 1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle in the second of six payoff events during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

Hight claimed his 60th career No. 1 qualifier of his career and third of the season, running a 3.844 at 326.16 in the last round in a Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Coughlin grabbed his 26th career top qualifier and third of the year with a 6.496 at 211.76 in a Camaro. Ellis had a 6.764 at 196.76 on a Harley-Davidson.