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August 1, 2013 -- The final event in the demanding Western Swing begins Friday in Seattle with the O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals and there is certain to be a collective sigh of relief from all of NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing series drivers when it ends. 

One of the loudest will likely come from Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence, who happens to be the event’s defending champion. He is anxious to prove the Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. dragster is capable of winning for a second time at Pacific Raceways near Seattle.

“We qualified well at Denver and Sonoma in the first two races of the Swing, but we did not take advantage of it because we had mechanical problems and lost in the first round both times,” commented Torrence.  “When it’s your day, it’s your day, and when it’s not, well, you just move on to the next race.

“We are looking forward to getting back on the Pacific Raceway track.  I have some good memories of last year’s win.”

He has a grip on 10th place in the points race.  “We definitely need to get more round wins to clinch our spot in the Countdown, he continued”  He has accumulated 688 points and is determined to increase the total. 

“I think (crew chief) Lee Beard has a good grip on the tune-up and we are capable of winning four rounds and making our way to the winner’s circle,” he continued.  “If we do that, it would help us make the playoffs.”

Torrence was the quickest in qualifying at Denver and lost due to mechanical trouble.  He was second-quickest last week at Sonoma, Calif. when the motor dropped a cylinder at the hit of the throttle.  He couldn’t keep up on seven cylinders and Tommy Johnson Jr. pulled away.

“We really are ready to pick up some round wins this weekend and take the pressure off us,” he said.

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