A cautiously optimistic Steve Torrence said five months ago that he hoped his new Torrence Racing Top Fuel team would be able to run with the best teams in NHRA’s Full Throttle series and, perhaps, be in the top five when the last cars go down the track on November 11.
Eleven races into the 17-event regular season, the driver from Kilgore, Texas is one of the hottest on the circuit. He has been to three final rounds in the last five races, winning at Atlanta and Englishtown, N.J. His runner-up finish last Sunday at Joliet, Ill. put him a solid fourth in points going into the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, Friday through Sunday, in Norwalk, Ohio
“It’s always a good weekend when you make the final round,” said Torrence. “The car was consistent and crew chief Richard Hogan and the guys were great. But that race is over, now we are concentrating on Norwalk.
“We want to keep everything going the way it has been. Richard has been doing a good job tuning the car in the hot weather . . . and we hope to take advantage of that. It looks like it will be hot and humid again in Norwalk.”
Although he prefers to not look too far into the future, Torrence realizes that – barring any unexpected incidents – he will be one of the 10 drivers to qualify for the six-race Countdown to the Championship that begins Sept. 16.
“We’re looking forward to that,” he commented,” but we want to see how well we can do in the next seven races (before the Countdown begins). There are a lot of really good teams out there.”
He is one of only two-one car team drivers in the top 10 point standings. Torrence has 775 points and Clay Millican is 10th with 490.
Torrence trails DSR teammates Tony Schumacher (879), Antron Brown (876) and Spencer Massey (868).