Ron Capps (Funny Car), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their respective categories at the seventh race of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
"To come out here and have the opportunity to run the 'Swamp Rat 14' and have (Garlits) here with us, it's icing on the cake for anything you want to do," Torrence said. "We've got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, that's just a testament to how hard Richard Hogan, Bobby Lagana and every one of these Capco boys work. For my dad to go to the final round, both of us are doing well. We've just to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that's trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up."
Billy Torrence reached his second final round this season and ninth in his career with victories against Todd Paton, Shawn Langdon and Terry McMillen.
"To be able to win four (Gatornationals) is pretty wild," Capps said. "We put a spare car together that went out on its first full run and went 3.93 and won the Gatornationals. To run that well and have it be in the final round of the Gatornationals, it's unbelievable. Rahn had it perfect and I felt pretty good about it. The best part is keeping the streak alive for Don Schumacher Racing. The guys on this team bring out on the best in me, and those semifinals were a big round. We had to make points up and we came through."
Wilkerson reached his first final round this season and 45th in his career after beating Terry Haddock, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Bob Tasca III. Jack Beckman maintains a four-point lead over Hagan.
"After the first qualifier, I thought we were going to win the race this weekend," Laughlin said. "This track has always been really good to me. I was amped (in the finals) and I just went nuts when I saw the win light come on. What a weekend. More than anything, I just needed that this year with how awful a year it's been. We had a completely brand new crew this weekend and we were just trying to find a routine. Everything just paid off."
Stanfield reached his first career final round in Pro Stock thanks to wins against Bo Butner, Cristian Cuadra and Jason Line. In the points race, Line jumped two points ahead of Erica Enders.
"I've tried since 2006 to win this race and I've never been able to do it," said Smith, a three-time world champ. "I've watched my dad do it a couple times and it means a lot to win it. I've always wanted to win Gainesville and leave with the points lead, and I was able to do it. Right now, I think Team MSR has the best team out here and we have the power to win this thing. We've just to keep everything together, but we have the power to win races and win a championship."
Hines reached his 98th final round with victories against Hector Arana Jr., and teammates Eddie Krawiec and Angelle Sampey.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Oct. 2-4 with the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil at World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis.
Sunday's final results from the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the seventh of 11 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Top Fuel -- Steve Torrence, 3.809 seconds, 322.11 mph def. Billy Torrence, 3.810 seconds, 320.74 mph.
Funny Car -- Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.937, 323.12 def. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.945, 325.92.
Pro Stock -- Alex Laughlin, Chevy Camaro, 7.068, 204.76 def. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 14.002, 60.60.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Matt Smith, EBR, 6.843, 196.99 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.927, 194.63.
Pro Modified -- Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.801, 249.63 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.868, 127.14.
Top Fuel Harley -- Randal Andras, Harley, 6.272, 216.27 def. Chris Smith, Dixie, 6.317, 229.24.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.463, 266.11 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 5.492, 267.16.