It’s official: Redskins QB RG III to drive pace car at Richmond for Saturday’s Sprint Cup race

2 Comments

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is used to beatin’ and bangin’ on a football field.

There certainly will be a lot of that in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

And RG III will have a front row seat to all the action as the track announced Wednesday that the ‘Skins’ QB will serve as honorary pace car driver for the race.

Griffin has buddy – and diehard Redskins fan – Dale Earnhardt Jr. to thank for putting him together with track officials to bring about the pace car opportunity.

Earnhardt, who began using Twitter (@DaleJr) just two months ago, right after his season-opening win in the Daytona 500, tweeted Griffin (@RGIII) a few weeks ago, inviting him to hang out together at the race.

Junior extrapolated things further by asking Griffin, as well as track officials, if the signal-caller could drive the pace car for Saturday’s race.

Griffin will go through an abbreviated training camp of sorts before the race, with official pace car training. He’ll also hang out with Earnhardt and then have a personally guided garage tour by none other than former Redskins coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs.

Follow me @JerryBonkowski

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Leave a comment

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.