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



August 4, 2013 -- Steve Torrence was involved in a three-way Texas Top Fuel shootout in Sunday’s eliminations at NHRA’s Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceway near Seattle.

He was victorious in his first-round race against Texan Spencer Massey, but his desire to win a second consecutive race here disappeared in a second-round setback to the other Texan, Shawn Langdon.

Torrence turned a quicker starting-line reaction time into a win light against Massey.   The Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors Inc. dragster had a .081 to a .098 reaction and it was enough to prevent Massey from moving into the second round.

The winning time was 3.836 seconds at 308.57 mph to Massey’s 3.842 at 384.20 mph.

“The tires were spinning real hard at the top end of the track and I couldn’t wait to get to the finish line,” Torrence said. 

In the next round against Langdon, Torrence said, “Langdon’s team had lane choice and they decided to change lanes twice at the starting line before we could race.  That’s something you don’t see very often.”

The two Texans left the line at almost the same time -- .053 for Torrence to Langdon’s .051.

“We got off to a good start, but the tires soon began to spin again and it broke the blower belt,” Torrence reported, “and that slowed us to 3.874 seconds at 294.11 mph.

“That was a tough one because we needed to keep adding points to our Mello Yello Series total so we can remain in playoff contention.”

Torrence finished the day with 741 points.

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