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Three-time defending champ Steve Torrence holds top spot in Top Fuel qualifying at NHRA Gatornationals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Steve Torrence maintained the top spot in Top Fuel qualifying Saturday at the season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence, the three-time defending series champion and defending event winner, qualified No. 1 for the 28th time in his career with a run of 3.699 seconds at 324.90 mph from Friday.

"We need to maintain our focus and concentration on going laps and going rounds because there's a lot of people targeting us," Torrence said. "We're going to have to step up. Brittany [Force] is back, some other people are back and it's going to be a competitive field, just as it always is. We're trying to get some of those winner's hats, so we'll see what we can do."

Ron Capps topped Funny Car qualifying, Greg Anderson was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Angelle Sampey led the Pro Stock Motorcycle field.