Brad Smith was transported by helicopter to the UAB Medical Center for further evaluation after a crash during Friday’s ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway. ARCA later announced that Smith suffered a fractured left ankle in the Lap 53 incident.
Smith, 46, couldn’t avoid the spinning car of Austin Wayne Self in the tri-oval and slammed into the vehicle. Smith’s car continued down the track and through the apron, slamming an inside wall, protected by a SAFER barrier, before careering back up the track before coming to rest near the inside wall. Smith was helped out of his car and limped to a gurney.
Smith, who is from Shelby Township, Mich., drives for James Hylton. Smith finished a career-high 11th in points last season despite not competing in five races.
A crash with 10 laps left eliminated points leader Grant Enfinger, Will Kimmel and Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway. Enfinger got tapped from behind by Frank Kimmel and hit the wall on the backstretch, triggering the incident.
Blake Jones scored his first career victory when leader Tom Hessert ran out of fuel on the final lap. The 18-year-old Jones, who drives for Cunningham Motorsports, finished ahead of pole-sitter Cody Coughlin, Cole Powell and Brandon Jones. Russ Dugger finished fifth. Hessert finished 15th.
SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.
The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.
Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.
Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.
But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.
It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.
Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.