ARCA driver Brad Smith recovering from ankle surgery after Talladega wreck

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ARCA Series driver Brad Smith is recovering from surgery following a wreck in Friday’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Smith, 46, of Shelby Township, Mich., underwent surgery on a fractured left ankle overnight at University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, according to a Saturday morning statement released by ARCA officials. Smith also suffered a laceration to the same ankle.

Smith was awake, alert and in stable condition Saturday morning, ARCA officials said. He is expected to remain in the hospital for further observation and treatment for an undetermined period of time.

Driving for Hylton Motorsports, Smith was involved in a wreck on Lap 53 of the race. He was unable to avoid the spinning car of Austin Wayne Self.

Smith exited the wrecked vehicle under his own power, was taken to the infield care center and then transported by helicopter to UAB Medical Center, about 45 miles away.

A series veteran with 259 career starts, Smith’s tenure in ARCA dates back 27 years, to his first start in 1988.

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

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes pole at Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.

Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.

Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.