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



May 10, 2013 -- The first time Steve Torrence hammered the throttle Friday on the Capco Contractors Inc. Top Fuel dragster, he was greeted with tire smoke.  But new crew chief Lee Beard redeemed himself on the final qualifying attempt for Saturday’s Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

This certainly wasn’t the first time the wily Beard has been in this situation.  He’s been tuning these race cars for almost 40 years and has built a resume worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.

Beard’s second tune-up sent Torrence down the 1,000-foot asphalt track in 3.902 seconds at 310.48 mph and put him 10th in the starting line-up for the rain-delayed event.

“We really didn’t have a place to start on the first lap,” reported Torrence.  “We made changes in the direction we needed to go . . . and we made a good run.  It was a good day.  We were able to get prepared for the race.”

Beard took advantage of what little time he had to get familiar with Torrence’s equipment.  “He made some changes to get us going in the right direction,” said Torrence.  “I am pleased with that, but we still have a long way to go.”

Torrence’s first foe is Spencer Massey, who qualified seventh with a lap of 3.874 at 314.61.

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