NASCAR: Team Penske’s Joey Logano visits Detroit Lions OTA practice

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While he tries to avoid them on the track, hard hits can be an occupational hazard for Team Penske’s Joey Logano. Ditto for anybody that plays in the National Football League.

But the difference is that Logano is at least inside a 3,400-pound motorized cocoon of metal. NFL players don’t have that luxury.

“We may look crazy going 200 miles an hour and thinking that, but I’d much rather hit a wall at 200 than have a 300-pound linebacker coming at me,” Logano told DetroitLions.com while paying a visit to the Lions’ OTA (Organized Team Activity) practice this afternoon.

The visit was part of Logano’s promotion of the upcoming Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, which is the next stop after this weekend’s Pocono 400 at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway.

While there, Logano got to spend time with Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and several of the team’s stars, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, and running back/racing fan Reggie Bush.

Bush, who recently took in Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix, has a deep respect for what Logano and other drivers do.

“It’s a completely different sport from what we do, but it’s not easy by any means,” he said to the Lions’ website. “They’re driving 200 miles an hour plus, and that’s pretty scary when you think about it. A car crash can be life threatening for those guys. The margin for error is probably very slim.”

Following the visit, Logano tweeted Bush with an offer to take him for a few spins around the two-mile MIS oval.

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.