NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson recovering from mild stroke

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The family of David Pearson said the Hall of Famer driver is recovering well from a mild stroke.

A family release issued Wednesday through NASCAR’s communications department said Pearson suffered the stroke Dec. 9 “but is doing great and well on the road to recovery.

“The stroke affected his left side somewhat, but he is able to walk slowly, and his arm continues to get better with maneuverability,” the statement said. “He has great grip with his left hand, so we are very much encouraged.

“He continues to have therapy on both his leg and arm and progresses each day. Today, he is 80% to 85% back to normal, and we expect a full recovery soon. Thanks to the NASCAR family and all of his fans and friends and for their support and concern.”

Pearson, 80, has 105 victories in NASCAR’s premier series, ranking second to Richard Petty on the all-time win list. The three-time champion was inducted in the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

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.