Red Bull GRC: Sandell, Dyne deliver Bryan Herta Rallysport first double top-five of year

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Patrik Sandell finally had a bit of good luck go his way in the fourth Red Bull Global Rallycross round of the season, even if bad luck returned during the final itself.

Sandell ended second at the MCAS New River final round, after leading the opening four laps of the race. He also won a heat race.

Unfortunately, the driver of the No. 18 Kobalt Tools Ford Fiesta ST for Bryan Herta Rallysport lost the lead on the restart when the race was red flagged for Brian Deegan’s accident.

Still, after two DNFs in Daytona and failing to even make the final at Ft. Lauderdale, Sandell might be able to kickstart the rest of his season following this runner-up result.

“The Kobalt Tools team had a great weekend; we were fast all day winning the heat,” Sandell said in a team release. “We were leading the first part of the feature, but unfortunately there was a red flag came out and that’s part of the game sometimes. But we came back strong and got the Kobalt Tools car on the podium!”

Teammate Austin Dyne, who finished second in Round 2 at Daytona, fought through fuel pressure issues on Sunday, but still ended fourth in the No. 14 Castrol MAGNATEC entry.

“The first run it was okay, we struggled to find a fuel pressure problem and were just sputtering and down on power,” he said in a release. “On the start it tried to stall, and I saved it with the clutch. Then it would clear out and run fine. When the red came out and we were in 5th, and that didn’t really help our (engine) problem.”

“We had an awful start, but ended up passing four cars down the backstretch, and ended up in the top three. But we were down quite a bit of power, and just managed to miss the podium with a fourth place finish. Had we had full power, we easily would have podiumed the Castrol MAGNATEC car again.”

The result marks the first double-top five finish for Bryan Herta Rallysport this season.

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.