Thursday, May 25, 2006

East Texas Dragster

I've got a good reason to become a fan of drag racing, if you aren't already. One of the top young drivers in the NHRA is from East Texas. Steve Torrence of Kilgore is the defending Top Alcohol National and South Central Division Champion, and rookie of the year. He's also well on his way to defending his titles. Through the first four division events, Torrence has two wins, another finals appearance, and a semifinals appearance. That's good enough to lead the division standings. He also has a finals appearance and two second round appearances in his three national events. That puts him atop the national point standings as well (you combine the division and national points to get the national standings).

I did a story on him last season. Torrence is a cancer survivor, who is making the most of his opportunities. He's a humble guy who is thankful to be in a position to be successful. He always has a smile on his face and is a good guy to root for.

East Texans wanting to see him in action can do so coming up June 16-18. The South Central Division makes a stop at the Cherokee County Motorsports Park in Rusk. He'll also be back in North East Texas for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Ennis, September 21-24.

He's racing in the O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas this weekend. That's a national event that will be shown on ESPN2 Sunday, June 4th at 11am. It will be repeated on ESPN2 Sunday, June 11 at 2am.

Don't be surprised to see him racing with the big boys on the Top Fuel circuit next season.

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