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September 13, 2013 -- If there were any pre-race jitters preparing for his Top Fuel driving debut at the recent U.S. Nationals, Billy Torrence didn’t let them show.

He qualified sixth and won his first round of eliminations before a mechanical problem prevented a father-son pairing against his son Steve in the next round.

If NHRA awarded “Rookie of the Race” trophies, it would have been Billy’s.

“I think we had an outstanding first race,” said a smiling Torrence. “We were able to get a round win there and I hope we will get a bunch more. Anytime you are racing a top 10 driver you are racing one of the best in the country.

Paired against Spencer Massey in the first round of eliminations, Torrence was in a close race when Massey’s engine exploded just past half-track, bringing his first win light in 3.823 seconds at 324.30 mph.

A 20-year driver in NHRA’s Sportsman series, the senior Torrence resumes his position behind the wheel of the Capco Contractors Inc. dragster Friday for the Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals in Charlotte.

“I hope we can qualify well this weekend,” he said.  “We would like to meet up with Steve in the finals.”

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