East Texas NHRA driver returns home

Usually when people talk about auto racing NASCAR is what comes to mind. But NHRA racing is arguably more exciting they go quite a bit faster! One of the top racers is from East Texas.

NHRA driver and Kilgore resident Steve Torrence dropped by CBS19 today to discuss his upcoming race, recent health scares, and how his family has impacted his racing career.
As Steve prepares to race this weekend in his home state, he stated "This is my hometown race. This is where I've grown up racing my whole life. I started my career there, and if we could get a win, that would be a huge milestone  and something I would love doing in front of the hometown crowd."
The road for Steve to race this weekend was not an easy one. He just recovered from a heart attack that he experienced a few months ago.  After experiencing the health scare, Steve has a new perspective on life.
"Life is instant and you cannot be here tomorrow", Steve expressed. "So I've redirected my focus and tried to live everyday with intention and focus and drive to leave my mark here."
Steve went on to credit his family for the impact they have had on his racing career.
"We're a family race team and we've raced that way my entire career, so its really special to be able to share that with them. We do this as a family unit and its a unique bond that we've been able to do this together"
Later, Steve explained why he "dabbed" (contemporary dance move made popular by Panthers QB Cam Newton) during a race this year.
"Just a culmination of a long off season that I kind of had to finish on a bad note, so when we came back and won the first race and really dominated that performance, I had to throw a little dab in there".
Steve will be in action this weekend at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. The races run from October 13-16 and tickets can be purchased at www.texasmotorplex.com.  

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