Things got chippy last week in Sturgis for TORC

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Jeff Kincaid made a really good call before last week’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship’s races at Sturgis, South Dakota.

During a practice session, Kincaid crashed his PRO 2 truck to the point where it couldn’t be raced in Tuesday and Wednesday’s Battle at the Chip at the Buffalo Chip Powersports Complex. But he was able to get another PRO 2 truck from fellow competitor Mike Jenkins – and then put his son, Keegan Kincaid, in it.

Keegan, the reigning PRO Light class champ, made his Dad’s decision pay off with a PRO 2 triumph in Wednesday’s Round 12 after a tire failure knocked him out of the lead in the previous day’s Round 11.

The PRO 2 class also featured the TORC debut of West Coast Choppers king Jesse James. But mechanical failures relegated him to a pair of ninth-place finishes in Sturgis.

On the West Coast Choppers Facebook page, James said that his truck suffered a broken axle on the first lap in Tuesday’s race.  He then broke his throttle pedal in Wednesday’s race while trying to keep from rolling his truck over.

In PRO 4, Mark Jenkins (Tuesday) and Johnny Greaves (Wednesday) split wins, with Jenkins’ victory coming in the final turns over Scott Douglas. As for PRO Light, Jerett Brooks (Tuesday) and C.J. Greaves (Wednesday) walked away with the big trophies.

With Sturgis in the rear view mirror, TORC now heads into its season finale on Aug. 30-31 at Crandon, Wisconsin – the “Keys To The Big House.” The event will air on NBCSN on Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

In regards to the class championships, Johnny Greaves currenly holds a 34-point lead over Jenkins for the PRO 4 crown; C.J. Greaves is up 28 points on Chad Hord in PRO 2; and in PRO Light, it’s a 16-point edge for Brooks over Keegan Kincaid, with Doug Mittag and C.J. Greaves tied for third at 28 points back.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).