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SUCCESSFUL SONOMA DEBUT FOR THE TUTTLE MOTORSPORTS TEAM

SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2011) -- Even though Ron August Jr. fell to Antron
Brown in today's first round of eliminations during this weekend's Fram /
Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, it was still a successful debut for the
Synergyn Fuel Additives Top Fuel dragster.

August qualified no. 14 with a 3.996 at 304.39 mph, but ran into trouble
during his race against Brown. Shortly after the cars launched, The Synergyn
Fuel Additives dragster lost traction and threw a blower belt, slowing
August to a 4.760 at only 158.07 mph to Brown's winning 3.836 at 318.77 mph.

"We made it into the show, I was comfortable driving the car, and our
sponsors got some great exposure," August said. "The free samples of
Synergyn in the midway were very popular, and Mike Lescure had several of
his customers at the race. This weekend was really about showing our
sponsors how powerful NHRA drag racing is as a marketing tool, and I think
we achieved that."

This was the first time August has driven for Dexter Tuttle's team, a group
who finished in the top 10 in 2010.

"These guys are really calm and it made me very comfortable in the car,"
August said. "Everyone is very professional and I know everything is taken
care of when we go to the starting line. Of course we also wanted to go
rounds, but other than that this was the best time I've ever had driving a
fuel car. I can't wait to do it again."

Sonoma Photo Gallery

 

SYNERGYN FUEL ADDITIVES JOINS TUTTLE MOTORSPORTS FOR SONOMA RACE

SONOMA, Calif. (July 26, 2011) -- Dexter Tuttle's Top Fuel team will return
to racing during this weekend's Fram / Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma,
Calif. Tuttle will be joined by longtime Co-Crew Chief, Tony Shortall; and
backed by Synergyn Fuel Additives, the Lescure Company Inc., and Bob Yonke.

Synergyn Fuel Additives is a new company who will be entering the world of
motorsports sponsorship for the first time.

"They have taken the plunge in a big way," Tuttle said. "This is the first
time they have ever been involved in racing, and to jump right into Top Fuel
just shows their faith in what NHRA drag racing can do."

Former Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Ron August Jr. will drive Tuttle's
dragster for Sonoma. August will be returning to Top Fuel after making his
debut in 2009 with Paul Smith. Since then, August has run on a limited basis
with Allen and Joe Hartley.

"What a huge opportunity to drive a car that finished in the top-ten last
year," August said. "I met Dexter and Tony while licensing with Mike
Strasburg back in '09 and now I get to drive for them. Right now I feel like
a kid waiting for Christmas morning.

"I'm also excited to have Mike and Sue Lescure involved," August continued.
"I wouldn't have this opportunity if it wasn't for them. It's the best of
both worlds when you have great friends, who also happen to be your
sponsors. I can't thank them enough for their support."

In addition to Sonoma, Tuttle's Synergyn Fuel Additives Dragster will
compete at the Charlotte, Las Vegas, and Pomona events to close out the 2011 season. Synergyn Fuel Additives will also back Tuttle's return to the tour
during the 2012 season. Free samples of Synergyn gas or diesel additive will
be available in the Manufacturer's Midway in Sonoma.

 

 

Torrence misses Southern Nationals starting line-up

COMMERCE, Ga. – Steve Torrence’s final run Saturday in the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster went out with an unfortunate bang from the motor, and that prevented him from qualifying for the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Overall, it wasn’t a good weekend mechanically either, because another motor also expired on his first run on Friday. “It kicked the rods out and blew up pretty good,” Torrence said, “That’s about the same thing that happened on our last run. This just wasn’t our weekend. We were hoping to do better.”

This was only the second time in 45 races with Dexter Tuttle that Torrence did not qualify.

His best weekend run was 4.062 seconds at 255.39 mph.

Torrence is starting a new Top Fuel team and will return to Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competition as soon as possible.



Torrence looks for good time, good performance at Atlanta

COMMERCE, Ga. – Steve Torrence hopes his last race for Dexter Tuttle and the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel team will be one to remember.

Torrence bows out at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, Friday through Sunday, after announcing his decision to move on last week

“We want to have a good time,” he said. “I hope we run well because I’d like to end this chapter of my racing career on a good note before my family starts the new TORRENCE Racing team.”

Torrence finished eighth in his first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series action a year ago and is 10th in points now, but he expects to miss a number of races before the team hits the track.

“We would like to be ready in time to make the U.S. Nationals (at Indianapolis, Sept. 2-5), but that may be pushing it,” he said. “We'll just see where we're at when that time comes. We have a lot to do between now and then.”


Pro qualifying: Friday, 3:45 and 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Eliminations Sunday at 11 a.m.

ESPN2 TV Times (all ET):
Saturday: Two hours and 30 minutes of qualifying highlights, 7 p.m.; Sunday: Three hours of eliminations coverage, 7 p.m.



Tire spin sends Steve Torrence home early from Spring Nationals


BAYTOWN, Texas – It wasn’t the kind of performance Steve Torrence and the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel team had in mind for Sunday’s Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Torrence gave Spencer Massey a good first-round race until midway through the 1,000-foot run. That’s when his car’s tires lost traction. Massey stopped the timer in 3.8961 seconds at 302.69 mph while Torrence followed at 4.273 at 269.03 mph.

“It wasn’t a very good day or weekend for us,” said Torrence. “We had traction problems and really didn’t get one good run down the track.”

Torrence did keep his hold on 10th place (202 points) in NHRA’s Full Throttle Drag Racing Series standings.

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Steve Torrence 12th after first day of Spring Nationals

BAYTOWN, Texas – Slowed by an electrical problem on Friday’s opening round of qualifying for Sunday’s Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, Steve Torrence and the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel team bounced back with a time of 4.017 seconds at 273.77 mph that was 12th quickest.

“There wasn’t much we could do on the first run,” Torrence said. “But it was a good feeling to come back and get down the track the second time. We’ll keep chipping away at the tune-up and try to make it better on our two runs on Saturday.”
On the first run, Torrence coasted to the finish in 8.832 seconds at 72.87 mph.



Torrence ready to get ‘back to business’ at Spring Nationals

Steve Torrence is putting out the ‘gone fishing’ sign on Tuesday, but it won’t affect his weekend plans of driving the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals, April 29-May 1, at Baytown, Texas, near Houston.

“I wouldn’t do anything that would keep me away from the race track,” said Torrence, of Kilgore, Texas. “This is one of two home-state races we have (the other is Sept. 22-25 at Ennis, Texas, near Dallas) and we expect quite a few family and friends to be at the track this weekend.

“It’s always fun when we have a race in Texas. I am looking forward to visiting with all of them . . . and I look forward to racing against one driver instead of three like we did in the Four-Wide (event at Charlotte, April 17). Now it’s back to business as usual.”

Torrence did win one round of Four-Wide competition and he maintained his hold on 10th place in early Full Throttle Drag Racing action. This is the fifth of 16 NHRA regular-season events prior to the six-race playoffs.

“The car’s performance did pick up at Charlotte and we want that to continue on Friday when qualifying begins (at Royal Purple Raceway),” Torrence continued. “The car went back to the shop and the guys worked on some things that should help us this week.”


Torrence and fellow Top Fuel driver Terry McMillen plan to go deep sea fishing on Tuesday. “I like to fish, and heck, we’ll be right on the Gulf of Mexico, so I thought we’d take advantage of it,” he explained. ESPN2 will show highlights of the fishing adventure on its Saturday or Sunday program.

Steve Torrence goes to semifinals of 4-Wide Nationals



Steve Torrence didn’t leave zMAX Dragway Sunday with the Visitmyrtlebeach.com 4-Wide Nationals championship trophy, but he was nonetheless pleased to celebrate his 28th birthday with an opening-round win in this unique event.

He had a quicker reaction time than his three rivals in the first round and the Interstate Batteries/USO-North Carolina dragster was the second across the finish line at 3.869 seconds, 315.49 mph. Tony Schumacher was first, Doug Herbert third and Doug Foley fourth.

In the semifinal, the car smoked the tires, slowing Torrence to 4.523 at 195.05 mph. Larry Dixon won it, Shawn Langdon was second and Schumacher third.

“It felt real good winning that round,” said Torrence. “We lost in the next one, but, in the grand scheme of things, we had a good weekend. We qualified well and the car ran well. That’s what we want to do at every race.

“We will take what we learned here and start planning for our next race.”

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals is next, April 29-May 1, at Baytown, Texas, near Houston.

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Torrence winds up 7th; races Schumacher, Herbert and Foley


Steve Torrence goes after his first round win in four-wide competition Sunday in the second annual Visitmyrtlebeach.com 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Torrence, driving the Interstate Batteries/USO-NC Top Fuel dragster, starts seventh with a best 1,000-foot lap of 3.856 seconds.

“We smoked the tires on both runs Saturday, but we were trying some different tune-up combinations, too,” he said. “I know we will be ready for eliminations. We want to squeeze more (performance) out of the car and get it down the track.”

Torrence will be racing against Doug Foley (No. 10, 3.868), Doug Herbert (No. 15, 4.006) and Tony Schumacher (No. 2, 3.798) in the opening round that sends the first two finishers into the quarterfinals.

 

Torrence qualifies sixth on opening day of 4-Wide Nationals

Steve Torrence found a way Friday to enjoy racing against three other drivers as the second annual Visitmyrtlebeach.com 4-Wide Nationals began at zMAX Dragway: run the sixth-quickest elapsed time of the day.

Torrence, at the controls of the Interstate Batteries/USO-North Carolina Top Fuel dragster, covered the 1,000 feet in 3.856 seconds at 318.69 mph in the second session.

“The car hooked up and stayed hooked up,” Torrence said of the run. “It was a good day. We had a good run going in the first round, too, but the motor dropped a cylinder and torched the cylinder head.”

That run of 3.955 seconds was still seventh-quickest of the session.

“We are starting to get used to four-wide racing . . . and we are looking forward to Saturday’s two runs,” he added. “Rain is expected, and all hope it goes in another direction.”

 

 

Interstate Batteries to sponsor Tuttle Team at 4-Wide

Steve Torrence and the Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel team will be wearing the green and white colors of Interstate Batteries for the second annual Visitmyrtlebeach.com 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., April 15-17.

The team and Interstate Batteries also will recognize the 70th year of the United Service Organizations (USO) of North Carolina for the services it provides to our military men and women by displaying its 70-Year logo on the side of the 316-mph dragster. The oldest continuously-operating USO in the world is in Jacksonville/Camp Lejune.

“We are excited to show our appreciation for the North Carolina USO’s long-standing service to our military,” said Jeff Haddock, President of Interstate Batteries Systems of Charlotte Metro. “They have selflessly helped transition thousands of troops back into civilian life for the past 70 years.

“IBS is particularly pleased to recognize the Jacksonville/Lejune USO Center. We thank the USO for its service and we are honored to celebrate this milestone with you.”

Torrence said he was “pleased to have Interstate Batteries back on board for this race. We are proud to be able to support the USO as it celebrates 70 years of service to our military men and women during our visit to the Tar Heel state.

“We are going into this race hoping we can get a round win or two. We had problems last year adapting to the differences between two cars and four cars running side-by-side. I’m hoping some of the things I learned last year will come back to me in a hurry.”

Torrence qualified seventh in the inaugural event, but lost in the first round when his tires lost traction.

“As a driver, we are creatures of habit,” Torrence continued. “We are taught to do the same things in the car run after run. It was very different last year going to the line and waiting for three other drivers to stage before getting the green light.

“I’ll have to reprogram myself to get ready to go. I hope the weather is good, because I know I’m going to need to make all four qualifying runs to get used to the differences.”

Torrence is 10th in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competition after three of 16 regular- season races.


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Torrence happy to bid farewell to Las Vegas




As Steve Torrence thought about his No. 16 qualifying spot and Sunday’s first-round loss to Larry Dixon in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he finally summed it up with:

“I’ll be glad to get out of here.”

Although he wasn’t the first person to feel that way about leaving this city, there were a few positives to embrace:

The Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports team recorded its best time of the weekend – 4.126 seconds – against Dixon’s 3.905; and Torrence is No. 10 in Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points.

“We just weren’t able to figure out how to get the car down the track,” added Torrence. “I think we’ll say it was one just a bad weekend and work on doing better at our next race in Charlotte (April 15-17).”

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Steve Torrence hangs on to 16th qualifying spot at Vegas

It wasn’t where Steve Torrence preferred to begin Sunday’s SummitRacing.com Nationals, but it sure beats not starting at all.

Torrence and the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel were relieved Saturday after grabbing the final qualifying position following their fourth run on a day when conditions for quick elapsed times were almost non-existent.

“We made it in!” said Torrence, “but it wasn’t in spectacular fashion. Some of the cars that don’t make a lot of power got down the track better than we did.”

His best effort came on Saturday's initial 1,000-foot lap, 4.183 seconds at 283.49 mph. His opening-round foe is No. 1 qualifier Larry Dixon (3.904 at 312.78).

“I thought we’d run better than that,” Torrence added. “Track conditions should be better Sunday. We’ll see if we can pick up our performance.”



Engine problem slows Torrence at Las Vegas


When NHRA drivers discuss consistency, it usually means in a positive direction.

That wasn’t what Steve Torrence had in mind Friday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he explained why the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster encountered qualifying problems during qualifying for Sunday’s SummitRacing.com Nationals.

“The motor dropped a cylinder on both runs,” Torrence said. “And the second one came at about the same place on the track as the first one. We will get it fixed and be ready for Saturday’s two runs.”

As it was, the last 1,000-foot lap was the quickest, 4.346 seconds at 257.78 mph, and was 15th overall.

 

Torrence goes to quarterfinals at Gainesville


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Steve Torrence recorded his first round win of the new NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season Sunday at the Tire Kingdom Nationals at Gainesville Raceway.

But the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster wasn’t able to keep pace with defending series champion Larry Dixon in the quarterfinals.

Torrence sent Morgan Lucas home and fulfilled one of his goals to start the day. Torrence left the starting line first and never looked back. He stopped the timer at 3.879 seconds at 315.14 mph to Lucas’ 5.934 at 141.03.

“He won the Winternationals (Feb. 27), so we wanted to stop his winning streak, and we did,” said a happy Torrence. “It felt good to get our first win.

“We spun the tires down the track in the race against Dixon, but he was on a good pass.” Torrence’s dragster slowed to a 4.125 at 267.75 to Dixon’s 3.865 at 314.46.

“The crew did a good job this weekend. I was pleased with the way the car ran. It gives us something to look forward to when we go to Las Vegas (March 30-April 1).”


Veiw Photos from Gainesville Here


Torrence stays 5th; meets Morgan Lucas in first round

Steve Torrence accomplished one of his goals Saturday when he qualified the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster in the No. 5 starting position for Sunday’s Tire Kingdom Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

His quickest Friday 1,000-foot lap of 3.860 seconds at 313.80 went unchallenged due to warmer weather and hotter track temperatures. His first-round opponent is Morgan Lucas (No. 12, 3.879 at 317.57 mph).

“I am very pleased with our starting position,” Torrence said. “It helps to get lane choice in the first round, and I think the track might be cooler – and faster – in the first round because of daylight savings time starting Saturday night.

“The crew is working together and doing a good job. They are working to figure out the combination we will need to get past the first round. Morgan won at Pomona two weeks ago, so he is unbeaten this year. We want to knock him off.”

Torrence posts fifth-quickest TF time at Gators

Steve Torrence’s solid 1,000-foot run Friday afternoon at Gainesville Raceway lifted him into the No. 5 Top Fuel spot going into Saturday’s final day of qualifying for Sunday’s Tire Kingdom Nationals.

His Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports dragster stopped the timer in 3.860 seconds at 313.80 mph. Torrence had to abort his first run and coasted through at 4.869 at 148.821 mph.

“We came back after a slow start,” Torrence said. “That was a good second run. I’m real pleased with it. We’re going into Saturday’s (last two runs) trying to maintain our position in the top eight going into eliminations.”

Steve Torrence seeking Good results at Gainesville

After shivering through a colder-than-normal Winternationals race at Pomona, Calif., Steve Torrence and the Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel team are anticipating a warmer welcome for the Tire Kingdome Gatornationals, March 11-13, at Gainesville, Fla.

“It was real cold at the last race, but our car ran well there,” Torrence said. “I am excited to be racing at Gainesville because it is a good track . . . and they are expecting 70-degree temperatures. I think we will have a good race car again.

“We lost in the first round by just five-thousandths (of a second) at Pomona, and our time (3.831 seconds) was pretty good. If we had raced someone else, we might have got the win and moved on. We did give Doug Kalitta a good race, though. That’s why I am enthused about going to Gainesville. I hope we pick up some round wins this weekend.”

Torrence finished eighth in Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points last year. He is currently tied for 10th with 33 points.

 

Torrence loses a close race in round one at Pomona

Steve Torrence came oh, so close Sunday to starting NHRA’s Full Throttle Drag Racing Series with a round win. He was a miniscule .005-second behind Doug Kalitta when his Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster hit the finish line in the Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

“I’ll take races like that any day,” said Torrence, “as long as I get to win sometime along the way. We didn’t give it away . . . we just got outrun.” His time was 3.831 seconds at 317.42 mph to Kalitta’s 3.830 at 318.92 and was the quickest of the round in the left (less preferred) lane.

“This was a good weekend considering we had a new car, I hadn’t been in the car since November, and we had to deal with cold, wet qualifying conditions. The car ran very well and we got down the track on three of our four runs.”

Tuttle said the car was third-quickest in one of Saturday’s sessions and turned in the team’s quickest time to half-track and 1,000 feet.

“We’re looking forward to going to Gainesville (Fla., March 10-13) in a few weeks,” Torrence added, “and picking up where we left off."
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Steve Torrence vs. Doug Kalitta in Winternationals opening round

A break Saturday in Southern California’s wet weather gave Steve Torrence an opportunity to grab the No. 10 Top Fuel starting position for Sunday’s Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

On Torrence’s second run in the new Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, he covered the 1,000-foot track in 3.861 seconds at 316.60 mph. That was third-quickest of the session and earned the team one bonus point. He ran 3.871 Thursday in the opening round and the car shook the tires on his final attempt.

“We got down the track two out of three times . . . that’s great with a new car,” Torrence said. “We are off to a good start to this year.”

Torrence squares off against Doug Kalitta (No. 7, 3.850 at 318.62) in the first round.

Torrence Qualifies Eighth on Opening Day

Steve Torrence admitted to being a little apprehensive Thursday before he made his first Top Fuel run in 102 days, but it didn’t last long.

When he hammered the throttle on the new Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports dragster, it sped down the 1,000-foot track in 3.871 seconds at 315.12 mph, putting him No. 8 after the opening day of NHRA’s Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.

“I didn’t even sit in the car until this morning,” said a smiling Torrence. “The run was perfect. I had faith in my (crew) guys and they did great job getting everything to work well.

“Getting a new race car is a lot like getting a new car. The new car is always different. We have three more runs for me to get comfortable in the car and the guys will be tweaking the tune-up to make us run better.”

His second qualifying run comes Friday afternoon.

Torrence, Tuttle Geared Up for NHRA’s Season Opener

An enthusiastic Steve Torrence will ready to shake off winter’s dearth of drag racing action Thursday when NHRA launches its 60th season with the 51st Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.

“I am ready to go racing,” said Torrence, who finished eighth in 2010 Top Fuel points in his initial season of Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competition. He is again partnered with team owner Dexter Tuttle, who has added Tony Shortall as the crew chief.

“I thought eighth was a good finish for a first-year team, but we definitely want to improve on that this time,” Torrence continued. “Our Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports dragster was running well at the end of the season, and we all want to start from there and pick up the momentum that will carry us higher in the final standings.”

Torrence and Tuttle share their enthusiasm about this team’s potential.

“I learned a lot last year,” commented Torrence. “I am a lot more confident now. I am really looking forward to getting back in the car Thursday and hitting the throttle again. I think we are going to have a good time this season.”

Tuttle, a drag racing veteran who drove and tuned drag boats before embracing asphalt racing, likes the improvements he’s seen in his driver.

“Steve is definitely a lot better driver now,” he said. “He’s more mature. I think we will be more competitive. I expect us to win a race or two and finish in the top five. That’s what we will be striving to accomplish.”

 

 

Steve Torrence Returns
Tuttle Motorsports to Race Full NHRA Season in 2011




Figuratively speaking, Steve Torrence was “buried” with work at his family’s business last November after NHRA’s 2010 season wrapped up.

“Man, I sure don’t know where the last two months went,” Torrence commented Tuesday. “We have been very, very busy. It was almost time to go racing . . . and I hadn’t been able to do much about it.”

One day before Ground Hog Day, Torrence managed to dig his way through his commitments long enough to reunite with Top Fuel team owner Dexter Tuttle and begin preparations for the fast-approaching NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.

“I am fortunate to again be working with Dexter and his team,” noted Torrence, who will be back at the controls of the Capco Construction/Tuttle Racing dragster. “He’s the only Top Fuel owner I’ve ever had.”

Last year, Torrence’s first full season on the circuit, he was the only newcomer to earn a coveted position in the 10-driver Countdown to the Championship playoffs. He was ninth entering the six-race showdown and improved to an eighth-place finish.

“It’s exciting to be getting ready for another season,” said Tuttle. “I’m looking forward to it. We definitely want to improve our performance in 2011.

“We are also creating a marketing plan to complement what we are currently doing to attract business partners and we will continue our discussions with major companies as we look to 2012 and beyond.”

“I can’t wait to get to Pomona and get this new season started,” Torrence said. “Last year’s goal was to qualify for the Countdown. This year we want to win races and finish in the top five.”

The 51st annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals launches the 22-race schedule, Feb. 24-27, in Pomona, Calif.

 

Tuttle Motorsports Has Good Outing in Las Vegas


The Tuttle Motorsports team had a nice outing at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. After hurting an engine in the first round of qualifying, the team rebounded to qualify third in the next session and fifth overall with an a sizzling 3.84 at 314 MPH.

This set up a first round match up between Steve Torrence and drag racing legend Chris Karamesines. At the hit, Torrence got out of the gate first with an 0.075 reaction time to Karamesines’ 0.172. But that’s as close as the race ever got as Karamesines began having problems. Meanwhile, Torrence never looked back and cruised to a 3.86 at 314 MPH pass to take the win and advance to the second round.

In round two, Torrence faced David Grubnic. Once again, Torrence had the quicker reaction time scoring an 0.067 to cover Grubnic’s close 0.069. But Torrence had a timer malfunction and Grubnic was able to get the win light with a 4.38 at 269 MPH to Torrence’s valiant 4.71 at 209 MPH.

The team had a respectable outing in Vegas by qualifying well after a little bit of adversity and then making it to the second round of eliminations. The team now has one race left as they move on to Pomona, California for the NHRA Auto Club Finals.

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Tuttle Motorsports Looks to Las Vegas Stop for Good Luck




With just two races to go, the Tuttle Motorsports team is hoping that
the NHRA Las Vegas Natioonals will be the race where the team’s luck
turns around. A big win in Vegas would make the team's season after a
string of first round and quarter final finishes.

And, even though the Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster driven by
Steve Torrence made it into the NHRA Countdown, it has not been an
easy road getting into NHRA’s “playoff system” as they had to earn
every round win. Team owner Dexter Tuttle put it this way, “Every
team we faced this year was on their game and nobody ever smoked the
tires against us. We had to earn every round win. Earning the victory
is the way we like to win but anyone that has been around this sport
knows you sometimes need some luck along the way to win an event”
Tuttle said.

Besides having to earn every round win the hard way, the team has held
it’s own this year by consistantly qualifying in the middle of the
pack or better at every NHRA event this season other than the NHRA Summit Nationals held in Vegas this past April.

Now it all comes down to the last two events of the season and the Tuttle Motorsports team will be rolling the dice once more for a chance at a big win to end the season.


Race Schedule: Pro Qualifying: Friday, 12:15 and 3:45 p.m.; Saturday, 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Eliminations: Sunday, 11 a.m.

TV Schedule – ESPN2/ESPN2HD (All times ET)
Saturday qualifying highlights, 1-2:30 a.m. Sunday; Sunday, NHRA Race Day, 10 a.m.; Eliminations, 9-11:30 p.m. Race also on ESPN3.com Sunday at 11 a.m.