Kimball visits with Paddock Insider for Twitter interview

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Charlie Kimball became the fourth different first-time winner in the IZOD IndyCar Series last time out at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, recording his first win for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing squad.

One of the opportunities Kimball had in the aftermath was a chance to participate in Verizon’s @PaddockInsider #AskInsider Twitter chats with IndyCar fans and observers. He’s the second straight Ganassi driver to participate; Scott Dixon also did so after his Toronto doubleheader weekend sweep. Paddock Insider takes fans into the IndyCar paddock and world at the track.

Before this weekend’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sunday, 4 p.m. EST, NBCSN), Kimball took time to answer these questions for a Twitter interview.









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.