There’s no question every time Top Fuel drivers show up for NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series national events they know Steve Torrence is the man to beat.

Torrence, the reigning back-to-back world champion, is having another great season in this COVID-19 marred year.

Torrence arrived at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals No. 1 in the points standings and he didn’t let off the gas as he captured the No. 1 qualifying position with a 3.662-second elapsed time at 327.51 mph in Q2 Saturday.

“We're here and got to go out and got to make those runs and you got to make them count when they can,” Torrence said. “Don't know what the conditions are going to be for (Sunday). Probably a little warmer than this but foreseeably can see the same conditions in Houston. So, you got to be able to go out there and run hard when you can, and you got to get every point possible.

“We came in here with a two-point lead. Hopefully we picked up one or two more points or a couple, so we just got to keep chipping away at it. We handicapped ourselves by skipping Pomona, but we're doing everything to capitalize on the opportunities we get at this point and we'll just see where we end up.”

Torrence, a Kilgore, Texas native who drives his family owned Capco-sponsored dragster, collected four qualifying bonus points on Saturday.

Torrence does appreciate that there are fans in the stands at the Texas Motorplex.

“No, it's not normal at all,” Torrence said about the crowd. “I heard Allan (Reinhart) on the intercom announce Steve Torrence and the Capco car and you could just hear everybody in the suite behind us. You can hear the fans in the crowd and that's what really hypes you up. When you got that support from everybody out here and it is hometown, its home state crowd and you got that advantage, but I don't know if it does anything to make us run better. Probably not, but it definitely gives you that sense of everybody here is cheering for you.”

Torrence faces Cameron Ferre in the first round. And, the champ knows he needs to keep making the same blistering runs over and over.

“Oh, it's huge,” Torrence said about being consistent on race day. “I mean you got to be able to go out there and go four rounds on Sunday every week. With the way that Kalitta's car and Leah's car and all they have been running, you got to go out there and not make any mistakes and what will determine this championship is who makes the least mistakes."