When Canada meets country music: ALMS driver Kyle Marcelli at Austin (VIDEO)

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At Circuit of the Americas in Austin last month, BAR1 Motorsports finally got its first PC class win in the American Le Mans Series with Canadian rising star Kyle Marcelli and co-driver Chris Cumming.

So after the victory, Marcelli temporarily traded in his Canadian roots for a little more local Austin flavor. The result is what happens when you give a happy racing driver and a happy race team a toy bronco and the soundtrack to Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.”

The pairing looks for its third straight win to end the 2013 ALMS season at Petit Le Mans this weekend; Stefan Johansson rejoins the team, as he did at the 12 Hours of Sebring, as third driver. The team’s No. 8 ORECA FLM09 is sponsored by Merchant Services, Evident Capital and MBRP Performance Exhaust.

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.