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Pomona Top Fuel Saturday Results: Q4

Steve Torrence started the 2019 Top Fuel season on the right foot, earning the No. 1 qualifier at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals to begin his title defense.
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Steve Torrence

Here comes the champ. Steve Torrence lowered the boom in the final session, making a 3.657-second pass, and pushing his dad, Billy Torrence, right off his perch. The Torrence boys took over the top two spots, and their good friend, Antron Brown, also stepped up. Brown made a six-spot jump to No. 3 with a 3.696, passing Brittany Force on speed. 

Mike Salinas made his way into the top half of the field with some help from tuner Alan Johnson, and Leah Pritchett suffered another boomer in her final pass of qualifying. She will face teammate Brown while Force will face new teammate Austin Prock. That’s Prock’s first race day, which offers some intrigue to the first race day of 2019. 

First-round matchups (lane choice first): Steve Torrence vs. Steve Faria; Billy Torrence vs. Cameron Ferre; Antron Brown vs. Leah Pritchett; Brittany Force vs. Austin Prock; Mike Salinas vs. Clay Millican; Richie Crampton vs. Terry Millican; Doug Kalitta vs. Scott Palmer

Final Qualifying Session: 

1 Steve Torrence 3.657
2 Billy Torrence 3.662
3 Antron Brown 3.696
4 Brittany Force 3.696
5 Mike Salinas 3.71
6 Richie Crampton 3.712
7 Doug Kalitta 3.716
8 Scott Palmer 3.72
9 Terry McMillen 3.748
10 Clay Millican 3.759
11 Austin Prock 3.767
12 Leah Pritchett 3.963
13 Cameron Ferre 4.247
14 Steve Faria 5.574