Danica Patrick wrecks out at Phoenix

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Danica Patrick is okay after colliding with David Ragan on Lap 185 in today’s Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway.

From the looks of replays, the right front tire of Patrick blew out as she was coming out of Turn 4, sending her hard into the end of the SAFER Barrier. She then bounced off and into the oncoming car of Ragan as they both entered the PIR front-stretch.

The impact between Patrick and Ragan inflicted major damage on both their machines, with a wide debris field scattered across the track. NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell confirmed on Twitter that some foam in the SAFER Barrier had to be replaced.

“Whenever those right fronts go, they always feel really hard because you don’t [hit] broadside, you kind of hit more straight-on,” Patrick told FOX Sports after she was checked and released from the infield care center. “I took a hard hit on both sides, but I’m fine.

“…[There was] no real good warning. The car wasn’t all that tight and I was mostly chasing the rear, and there was no vibration that told me…it was gonna happen.”

Patrick was running toward the back of the field at the time of the incident, and had started the race from 40th position.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.