Pye (right) with Marcos Ambrose. Photo: Getty Images

Scott Pye released from hospital after heavy crash at Bathurst 1000

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Scott Pye is probably best known to most U.S. fans/non-Australian V8 Supercars aficionados as the driver that took over the DJR Team Penske entry when Marcos Ambrose voluntarily removed himself from the cockpit earlier this year.

Pye got back in the headlines for the wrong reasons following a heavy accident during Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the marquee event of the V8SC season.

An update from DJR Team Penske managing director Ryan Story indicated a mechanical failure on the car may have occurred, which pitched Pye into the wall in the final hour of the race.

“The whole DJR Team Penske crew were devastated as we watched Scott’s accident from the pits,” Story said in a team statement. “The team’s performance this weekend, led by Scott has been outstanding, so it is very disappointing to see him crash out in such a way. Our initial technical inspection suggests the car may have broken a steering arm on the run down into Reid Park pitching Scott into the wall.

“He is battered and bruised of course, and we suspect he may have broken one or two ribs. Dr Carl is supervising some checks at the Orange Base Hospital so we know he is in great hands. We wish Scott the speediest of recoveries.”

A further update last night though indicated Pye has been released from hospital, sore but not broken after the impact. Pye also offered an update on his own.

Considering there was a heavy impact in qualifying for Chaz Mostert that left him injured, it’s good to hear Pye has been cleared of any serious injuries at the track.

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.