Castroneves escapes serious injury after stock car crash in Brazil (VIDEO)

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The Associated Press reports that IZOD IndyCar Series championship leader Helio Castroneves is okay after a practice crash this afternoon for a stock car race at Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

Castroneves, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, came away with cuts to his legs and also had neck and back pain following the incident. He left the wrecked car under his own power but was taken to a local medical center in an ambulance for precautionary measures.

His spokesman told the AP that Castroneves requires more tests on his neck and back before he can gain clearance from doctors to compete in Sunday’s Stock Car Brasil event.

A video of his incident can be seen above. Castroneves reportedly suffered brake failure on his car, causing him to hit a concrete barrier and then a tire barrier.

UPDATE (10:43 p.m. ET): Helio Castroneves has tweeted the following: “Thanks for the support. The pain killers make me fell [sic] good. The good news I didn’t break anything.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.