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Reynolds fined $25,000 for disparaging comments on Bathurst 1000 all-female lineup

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Not sure if you’ve heard of Australian V8 Supercars driver David Reynolds before, but you might not be able to get him out of your memory after an ill-advised comment he made during today’s press conference heading into the series’ marquee race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie are racing together as an all-female lineup in the Bathurst 1000 this year. Via Motorsport.com, Reynolds referred to that lineup, apparently, as the “P***ywagon.”

Needless to say, the comments didn’t go over well and were immediately condemned.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton issued a statement as the series immediately fined him $25,000.

“Reynolds’ comments were disgraceful and completely unacceptable in our sport and he has been fined $25,000,” Warburton said.

“Women are an integral part of our sport, whether they are fans, drivers or team members. And V8 Supercars will continue to support and promote female participation at all levels of our sport.”

Reynolds attempted to back-track the remarks in a statement he has issued:

“I unreservedly apologize for a comment I made in a press conference earlier today in relation to my female team-mates.

“While it was intended to be humorous, I understand it has caused offense. As I stated in the press conference I genuinely hope they perform well as they are both highly-talented as they showed today with their pace.

“We all get on very well and I’ve spent a lot of time with them this week helping them prepare for this race.

“People know I am a little left-of-center with my humor but I understand today I took it too far.

“I have personally apologized to Renee and Simona and I fully accept the penalty handed down by V8 Supercars and any subsequent team sanctions.”

The point of this whole deal? It’s tough enough to be a woman in racing as it is, because blatant sexism stills exist.

It doesn’t matter whether Reynolds was joking or not. He was entirely off-base in making these remarks.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.