Report: The Sprint Experience will not return in 2015

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One of the more popular attractions on the NASCAR midway, the Sprint Experience, may have made its last appearance at NASCAR tracks across the country, according to a report by The Charlotte Observer.

Reportedly confirmed by “multiple sources,” the Observer report would seem to indicate the Sprint Experience is the first casualty of Wednesday’s announcement that Sprint will cease as entitlement sponsor for the Sprint Cup Series after the 2016 season.

The Sprint Experience was a 15,000-square-foot enclosed display area that featured numerous interactive elements, games, driver/celebrity appearances, as well as showcased a variety of Sprint products.

The Observer report said that those workers associated with the rolling display that appeared at every Sprint Cup race weekend were told earlier this week that the Experience would not be in effect in 2015.

Sprint officials declined to comment on the report, the Observer said, but did issue a broader statement about the company’s plans for the next two seasons.

“We will continue to use the NASCAR Sprint Cup sponsorship platform in 2015 and 2016 to drive our business,” spokesperson Kimberly Meesters told the Observer. “Every season we evaluate our specific NASCAR programs and adjust as needed.

“We are finalizing the details of our 2015 plan now and will be ready to kick off the season Feb. 14 for the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.”

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.