Steve Torrence celebrated his 34th birthday on Monday, April 17, and for the Kilgore, Texas-based Top Fuel driver his present arrived a year earlier.
Torrence was one of the hottest drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2016, scoring three wins in eight final round finishes.
Torrence, also a past NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragsters, admits such a season was beyond his wildest dreams.
"You never really think about having that kind of a season without it just becoming wishful thinking," Torrence said. "We had a really good season. We set the bar pretty high for us this year."
Fast forward to this season, Torrence heads into this weekend's NHRA Springnationals outside of Houston, only sixth in the championship point standings.