The path to playoff contention in NHRA’s Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is littered with broken parts and broken hearts. Only the top 10 professional drivers in each class after 17 races advance to the Countdown to 1.
Steve Torrence’s first-year team is doing its best to clinch a position in the top five as the series moves to legendary straight-line track Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., for the 43rd annual Toyota SuperNationals, Friday through Sunday.
He has been one of the most consistent dragster drivers in the last six races with a team that has competed in only 11 races, including three last year. He claimed his first Top Fuel victory May 6 at Atlanta. He was the low qualifier at Charlotte as well and has been the second qualifier at the last three events. In series scoring, he is a solid fifth with 527 points.
“We are excited about going to Englishtown,” said Torrence. “It is always one of the biggest races of the season. The track has a long history in the sport and there are a lot of great drag racing fans.
“We had a motor problem in the last race at Topeka that knocked us out in the second round against David Grubnic. After the guys inspected it, they said it was a parts failure . . . and we know what caused it. We were running well before that happened and I don’t think that should hinder us any this weekend.
“We were happy to see Grubnic go on and win the race. He hadn’t won in a long time.”
“Our plan this weekend is still the same,” concluded Torrence. “We want to be as consistent as we have been, stay in contention and get more round wins.”