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BurnoutJuly 3, 2013 --The trek began with a victory in Bristol, TN and, if Steve Torrence has his way, the string of four successive weekends of Top Fuel racing will close Sunday with a win at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

His first 2013 trip to the winner’s circle also sent him into 10th place in Mello-Yello Racing Series points as the drivers jockey for positions in the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs that begin Sept. 13 at Charlotte, NC.

Unfortunately, he did not duplicate his early race success in stops at Epping, NH and Joliet, Ill.

“It has been a long four weeks,” commented Torrence, the driver of the Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. dragster.  “A win at Norwalk would be a perfect way to end it.”

He did drive into the championship round last year before losing to fellow Texan Spencer Massey.  It was one of five he earned in his first season with the team.  He won three times – Atlanta, Englishtown, NJ and  Seattle. 

Torrence now has 549 precious points, 10 less than Bob Vandergriff, who is ninth, and 59 fewer than Morgan Lucas in eighth.  Brandon Bernstein is 11th with 478.

“Things have been hectic over the last three weeks,” Torrence continued.   “We want our performances to improve.  We know we must win rounds . . . and we are very aware that we are running out of races to do that.”

Torrence and the crew are taking advantage of the July 4th holiday festivities to relax.  “Right now, we are enjoying the area around Norwalk,” he said.  “It is a fun place to visit, but we will be ready to go when qualifying begins on Friday.”

The team’s next non-racing weekend is July 12-14.  However, that is followed by the traditional Western Swing that includes races in Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif.

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