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MOHNTON, P.A. – The end of a grueling string of six consecutive weekends of Full Throttle Series racing comes to close at venerable Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa., and Steve Torrence is among the many drivers who want to finish it in winning fashion.

He began NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship after an impressive regular-season performance that produced three Top Fuel victories in five final rounds for the first-year Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. team.  He proved his upstart one-car team could not only compete with, but beat, multi-car teams.  

He was in fourth place when the Countdown began last month, but a few problems since then hurt his title chances.  He is seventh (2,180 points) entering Friday’s opening round of qualifying for the 28th annual Auto-Plus Nationals.

“I said at the start of the season that I would be extremely happy if we finished fifth,” Torrence commented.  “We can do it.  We are 25 points behind Morgan (Lucas), Brandon (Bernstein) is fifth, 58 points up on us . . . and we have three races to go.”

Maple Grove traditionally produces some of the quickest and fastest elapsed times of the season. 

“It is a nice place to race,” added Torrence.  “We don’t have many facilities like this. 

“It should be a good weekend because Richard Hogan and the crew found what caused our problems and we are looking forward to racing at Reading to see how well our Capco car does.

“After that we will be ready for a little break away from the track.”

The series shifts to the West Coast for the penultimate race at Las Vegas, Oct. 26-28, and concludes for the 48th time at Pomona, Calif., Nov. 8-11.

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