KENT, Wash. — Steve Torrence might not have the recent results to show for it, but he believes his 10,000-horsepower Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster is running as well as it has all season on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit.
Now needing a few fortunate breaks to go his way, Torrence hopes heading to a track where he’s had previous success provides that boost to finish off the three-week NHRA Western Swing with a victory.
Torrence won at Pacific Raceways in 2012 and he will have the opportunity to pick up a second trophy in Seattle and first in 2014 at this weekend’s 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.
“You always get a little mental boost when you go back to a track where you’ve had success but really, right now, we know we have a fast hot rod wherever we go,” Torrence said. “We just need to make that work for us on race day. We’ve had a lot of situations this year where we would’ve beaten anybody else except who we were racing that round. We had some good luck to start the season (when he went to six semifinals) but we haven’t had much lately. We’re hoping it’s going to swing back the other way in time for the Countdown.”
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event. It is the 16th of 24 events in 2014 and just two races will follow it before the start of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Torrence will certainly want to have momentum heading into the most critical part of the season and it would look similar to the start of his 2014 campaign. Torrence reached the semifinals in six of the first seven events to open the year, and sat in third in the points standings for an impressive five-race stretch.