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



July 24, 2013 -- If there is one thing the legion of National Hot Rod Association fans are aware of it is that nothing is certain.  

Anything can happen . . . and usually does.  For example, top qualifiers don’t always win their first-round race against the No. 16 qualifier. 

Steve Torrence became the fastest drag racer in Bandimere Speedway history Saturday when he went 319.60 mph on his quickest run of 3.880 seconds.  But he lost in the first round of eliminations.

That, regrettably, was the misfortune that clobbered Torrence Sunday.  His car lost traction about half-track, forcing him to abort the run, making Mike Strasburg the unexpected victor.  It also cost Torrence the chance to add more coveted series points to his total.

“That’s just part of the sport,” said Torrence.  “Some days the breaks go your way . . . and then they don’t.  The good part of this is we left Denver and headed for Sonoma, Calif.” 

That is the site of the second event on the Western Swing, July 26-28, at Sonoma Raceway.

Torrence still has hope and a large dose of gritty determination as the 2013 season rolls toward its conclusion. He is unwavering when it comes to doing everything possible to make certain the Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. Top Fuel dragster will be among the 10 that qualify for the Countdown to the Championship.

 “We had meetings over the winter, making plans to see what it would take for us to be a championship contender,” he recalled. “Right now we are 10th in points, and we have time to move up in the standings before the Countdown to 1 begins.

“The season didn’t start the way we thought and we struggled early. We changed crew chiefs, bringing Lee Beard on to replace Richard Hogan, and I think Beard is just about right where we want him to be on the tune-up.

“I think we have a good chance of gaining a spot or two before the Countdown begins.  It’s time to get some more wins.”

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