BAYTOWN, Texas – Texas native Steve Torrence raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA SpringNationals, the sixth event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) were also qualifying leaders in their categories at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.

Torrence, winner of the season-opening Winternationals, piloted his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to a track record 3.724-second pass at 329.42 mph during Friday’s second qualifying session. The Kilgore, Texas native is two sessions away from securing his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and third in-a-row.

“Houston is one of the racetracks I get to call home. It is really gratifying to be able to run well in front of the home town crowd and all the friends and family I’ve grown up racing with,” Torrence said. “Just have a lot of support here.”

Doug Kalitta is currently in the No. 2 spot, racing his Mac Tools dragster to a 3.743 at 324.36, while...

AVON, Ind. –
Leah Pritchett has proven that she is driven to win and her tireless efforts to succeed came to fruition when she won her first Top Fuel event title near Phoenix in the second race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Despite the unexpected retirement of team owner Bob Vandergriff Jr. three weeks later, she remained undaunted in her pursuit of an NHRA Top Fuel championship and has been enabled to bring the Bob Vandergriff Racing team back together for one more race so she can compete this weekend in the NHRA Spring Nationals near Houston, the home of Quaker State®, one of her primary sponsors.

“I’m so grateful to have growing relationships with sponsors like Quaker State® and FireAde that stand behind us, share common goals, and work hard with me to keep in the game,” said Pritchett, whose team will be led at Houston by the return of veteran crew chiefs Mike Guger and Joe Barlam who guided her...