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October 24, 2013 -- Billy Torrence was on the sidelines in April watching son Steve race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with no inkling he would be strapped in another Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster in the team’s second visit of the year.

Now he can be found smiling in the pit area Friday as he gets ready to begin two days of qualifying for Sunday’s Toyota NHRA Nationals.

While other drivers are concentrating on winning rounds and adding points to their Mello Yello Series totals, Torrence has a few objectives as well.

“Steve and I still would like to race each other before the season ends . . . and since there is only one more race to go, we had better see what we can do to accomplish it,” commented Billy.

He made a seamless transfer from 180-mph Sportsman cars into the 300-mph nitro- methane-gulping race cars with the big tires on the back.  He has qualified at each of his previous tracks, beginning at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, where he also picked up his only round win.

“We’ve had to make some crew changes recently,” he commented.  “My car’s crew chief, Bobby Lagana, was moved to Steve’s team after Lee Beard retired and Donny Bender will be working with both teams.  I believe we will have good, competitive cars that are capable of winning rounds this weekend.”

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