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Steve TorrenceJune 26, 2012 -- Yes, Steve Torrence was bummed after his opening-round setback at Bristol, Tenn., but he mustered a smile when he learned he still managed to move into fourth place in NHRA Full Throttle Series standings.

“We did have our problems there,” he said of the Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. Top Fuel dragster team, “but we did qualify, and that’s what made the difference.  We went back to the shop (in Indianapolis) and worked hard to make sure everything is ready to go for this weekend’s race.” 

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill, near Chicago, gets underway Friday at Route 66 Raceway.  Torrence advanced to the semifinal round with another team in 2010, the last time he competed at the track.

“We wouldn’t mind doing that this time,” he said with a smile.  “We want to get back to running the way we were before going to Bristol.  I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car.”

Ten races into the team’s first season, Torrence has earned two victories (Atlanta and Englishtown, N.J.), one top qualifier award (Charlotte 4-Wide) and run career bests in elapsed time and speed several times.  He qualified in the top half of the field eight times, including three in second place, and his is one of two one-car teams in the top 10.

This stop is the first of a hectic five events in six weeks.  The team moves to Norwalk, Ohio, next weekend and, after week off, begins the traditional three-race Western Swing at Denver (July 20-22), followed by Sonoma, Calif.(July 27-29), and Seattle (Aug. 3-5).

“Everything is going smoothly in the shop, too,” added Torrence.  “We did spend time preparing for the next five races as well as this one.  We really need to make sure our parts inventory is high because the only thing certain on the Western Swing is that you will need a lot of parts,” Torrence quipped.

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