Under very difficult circumstances, NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton went back behind the wheel this weekend at Michigan International Speedway as he replaced Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
After starting 27th, Burton was running in the Top 20 when he reported that the cockpit of the No. 14 was filling with smoke. He was eventually forced to go to the garage, where the No. 14 crew discovered a broken tailpipe; a crack in said tailpipe was allowing heat to escape and the car’s heat shields had caught on fire.
Following replacement of the tailpipe, Burton returned to action at 24 laps off the pace. He eventually finished 37th.
Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Burton talked about his experience working with SHR, whether he’ll continue to fill in for the team in Stewart’s absence, and his own emotions regarding the aftermath of the Aug. 9 sprint car incident that involved Stewart and took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.
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.