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



July 28, 2013 -- Sunday was the kind of day Steve Torrence will not keep in his memory bank.  In fact, he may have already expunged it.

What did happen in the first round of the Sonoma Nationals was another stunner – he was upset by Tommy Johnson Jr., the No. 15 qualifier.  One of the cylinders on the Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors dragster’s power plant failed to ignite.  That slowed the car’s momentum and he couldn’t do anything except watch as Johnson took the victory, 3.786 seconds at 324.51 mph to 3.918 at 310.63.

And a week earlier, Torrence was the No. 1 qualifier and he was eliminated in the first round at Denver.

Suffice it to say Torrence really is looking forward to next week’s NHRA Mello Yello Series race at Seattle where he is the defending champion.

“It seems like we could say you never know what is going to happen,” Torrence commented, “and we really did not expect the motor to drop a cylinder.”

“We need to start winning rounds – and soon if we want to make the top 10,” Torrence said.

He is the defending Top Fuel champion at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals at Seattle, Aug. 2-4.

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