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While the top 10 Top Fuel drivers are fighting for more NHRA Countdown to the Championship points in this weekend’s Big O Tires Nationals, Steve Torrence and his Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. team will be focusing on running quicker at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Torrence, who finished eighth overall last year in his first season of Full Throttle Drag Racing Series action, is looking ahead to 2012 as the 2011 season dwindles to its final two races.  This is the third event for the new team. 

“We are looking forward to going to Las Vegas,” Torrence said.  “I’m proud of my guys because we went to the semifinals at our last race in Phoenix, and now we want to keep moving forward.  I don’t think it’s going to be as hot in Vegas as it was there.  The temperature there was right around 100 degrees all weekend.”

Cooler temperatures – the early forecast predicts 80 degrees – will enable crew chief Richard Hogan to continue experimenting with various combinations. 

“We have a lot of new stuff we’re trying and we want to get it figured out,” added Torrence. “We want to find consistency in our tune-up.  I hope we can run quicker elapsed times.  We’ll do that one lap at a time and see what we can do.”

According to Hogan, it is likely Torrence could improve his best 1,000-foot time of 3.976 seconds (at Phoenix, Oct. 16) in his new ride. 

“The better conditions mean we will have to run quite a bit quicker at Vegas just to qualify,” Hogan commented.  “I think the times will be in the 3.8 (second) range this weekend.  We were fortunate to be able to get the basic things sorted out on our new car and the fuel system.

“We’ll need to get aggressive with the tune-up.  I think we should run well.”

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