UPDATE: ARCA driver transported to hospital after crash at Talladega, suffers broken ankle


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.

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.