Kyle Larson explains burnouts with no steering wheel

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It’s common practice these days to do a few burnouts after winning a race. But Kyle Larson capped off his first-ever Nationwide Series victory with a twist on the now-standard celebration: He did his burnouts while holding the steering wheel out the window of his No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.

As it turns out, it’s not the first time that Larson has made the donuts in that particular fashion. In fact, he’s been doing that since his open-wheel, dirt-track days.

“The history behind it – in the Outlaw cars that I grew up racing, everybody did them,” Larson said after winning today’s TreatMyClot.com 300. “My sister’s ex-boyfriend probably did them the best, so she doesn’t really like to see me do them.”

“But nobody did them in stock cars, so once I got here, I did it when I won the K&N championship at Rockingham [and] I did it when I won the Truck race at Rockingham.”

After doing the no-wheel burnouts last year in the aforementioned Camping World Truck Series race, Larson says NASCAR had a chat with him about not doing those anymore.

Obviously, however, Larson couldn’t resist this afternoon as he ripped through the infield grass.

“I just won my first Nationwide race, so I’ll do whatever I want,” he said. “And if I win the Cup race, I’ll probably do the same thing.”

You can check out Larson’s handiwork at 1:53 of the clip above.

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.