“Nothing is ever easy because every driver wants to win,” Torrence said. “I have gained confidence because this team proved that we can win races. I had to pedal the car on almost every run in Seattle to get the win, and I had two holeshot wins in Englishtown.”
This season Torrence finds himself just outside the top 10 in the points standings with his best efforts being a pair of quarterfinal finishes. He hopes a season turnaround might happen in Atlanta.
“We need to get our car running like it was last year at this time,” Torrence said.
The Top Fuel category has seen some incredible racing thus far this season with Tony Schumacher holding the series lead over his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Antron Brown. Houston winner and local favorite Bob Vandergriff will have plenty of family and friends cheering him on. Others to watch in the Top Fuel category include Spencer Massey, Doug Kalitta, Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Morgan Lucas, Dave Grubnic and Khalid alBalooshi.
In Funny Car, Courtney Force in her sophomore season has raced to two final round appearances this season and won the season-opening event in Pomona. Two-time season winner Cruz Pedregon, Del Worsham, Robert Hight and defending event winner Ron Capps are all looking for another Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals victory.
The Pro Stock category is once again shaping up to be a tight battle with Mike Edwards holding the series lead over defending world champ Allen Johnson. Jeg Coughlin, Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray and Erica Enders-Stevens are among the pre-race favorites in the 200-mph factory hot rod category.