For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Sherk, jlsherk@aol.com/360-981-4806, mobile



October 23, 2013 --When mechanical problems at Phoenix prevented him from qualifying for the season’s second race, Steve Torrence did not realize it was a harbinger of what was about to unfold in his second year at the controls of the Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. Top Fuel dragster.

Now, 22 races later, he is preparing for a stellar conclusion to a year Torrence refers to as “a good learning experience that could have been better.”

It may still improve.

 The 23rd Mello Yello series race – the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct .25-27 – ignites the first weekend of intense competition that will begin to resolve every contending driver’s question: “Where will I finish in the points standings?”

Torrence’s results thus far are highlighted by a fourth victory – this one at Bristol, Tenn. – and a fourth consecutive top 10 appearance in Mello Yello Championship Series action in what has been the most competitive Top Fuel season in years. 

“We have run well at times,” Torrence said, “but we couldn’t find the consistency we needed to be a championship contender. We did run well to get that Bristol win and we lost a close race in the final round at the U.S. Nationals.

“We also learned how important it is to have a second car that helps collect important tuning data when my dad Billy joined the team five races ago. 

Torrence and the crew are now well-rested following a three-week break.

However, they return to action with a different crew chief, veteran Bobby Lagana, who stepped in when Lee Beard retired.  Lagana was on Billy Torrence’s Top Fuel crew.
“Because we only have the two races to go, we decided to not bring on anyone new,” Steve Torrence explained.

 “Donnie Bender will continue working with my dad’s team.
“I am confident they will do well and that we will have very competitive teams. 

 “I can’t wait to go racing. I really hope my dad and I get to race each other this weekend.”

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