There’s a lot to be said for consistency, and for four-time NHRA Top Fuel champion, a points lead without a national event victory speaks volumes for his consistency of performance.

Torrence, the 40-year-old Texan, has led the Top Fuel point standings after all but one race this year. The 53-time national event winner heads into New England Dragway for the NHRA New England Nationals with a record of solid performances at the Epping, New Hampshire facility. He won back-to-back in 2018 and 2019.

“Even though they’ve shut us out of the winners’ circle so far, these bad-to-the-bone CAPCO boys have kept us in the hunt,” Torrence said.

“We know how to win, but it’s a lot harder with so many good teams out there,” he said. “We just have to keep going rounds and putting ourselves in position, and eventually, everything’ will come together. I have all the faith in the world in these CAPCO boys.”

Torrence, who hasn’t won a national event in eight months, was upended early at last year’s event, losing to rookie driver Scott Farley. The event wasn’t a total write-off for Torrence, as he was the No. 1 qualifier and established a new track record at 3.664 seconds.

Torrence’s teammate, who is inactive presently, his father Billy, won the 2021 event making it three of the last four race years winning for the team based in Kilgore, Texas.