Steve Torrence is having a phenomenal 2012 NHRA season.
The Top Fuel driver has blasted to fourth-place in the point standings, thanks to three wins in five final-round appearances.
However, the U.S. Nationals, the biggest race of the year, wasn’t going according to plan for Torrence. He qualified No. 9 at 3.834 seconds, but now he will have the chance to write a better script at the U.S. Nationals because the event was postponed following intense rain on Sunday and Monday.
Due to rain washing rubber off of the track, the U.S. Nationals was moved to the upcoming Saturday and Sunday.
“This worked out good for us,” said Torrence about the postponement. “Unfortunately we didn’t do as well as we wanted to through qualifying. We ended up ninth and we really wanted to be on the top side of that ladder. We had a few little gremlins that got us there in round one and two of the Traxxas Shootout. The car was running really well and it didn’t make it all the way to the end. Hopefully it works in our favor (the postponement). It gives us two more shots coming into this thing (this) Saturday and we are going to do everything we can to step it up.”
Torrence just missed making history Saturday night at Indy by winning the inaugural Traxxas Shootout, but lost out on the $100,000 pay day when he fell to Spencer Massey in the finals.
“We really wanted to be the guy who won that, but we didn’t,” Torrence said. “But, we were the first two guys in the finals. Spencer just came out on top that time. If I had my choice, whether we were going to win the Traxxas Shootout or Indy, I would rather win Indy. It is more prestigious, but hats off to all the guys at Traxxas for putting that on. That’s an amazing thing and I’m glad to have a shootout race we can be a part of. That’s huge for the sport.”
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