TYLER - This season has been a dream come true for Kilgore's Steve Torrence. The NHRA Top Fuel pilot has 8 wins this season, which matches his career total at the start of the year.

Torrence says, "This has been a story book season...you couldn't have wrote it out to be better than what it is right now."

Torrence is leading the national title chase with just 3 races left in the year. And he could take a huge step towards his first national title this week when he races on his "home" track in the NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis. Torrence has made it to the finals in this race each of the last 2 years before losing, so he'd like to get that elusive win at this track.

But regardless of how this week and this season turn out, this truly has been a special year.

He says, "I think it's just good karma this year...I think it's just a culmination of everything coming together at the right time. The year has just been more than we could have ever expected."