Dale Earnhardt Jr. extends open invite to Daniel Ricciardo to race an Xfinity car

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During Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s extensive Twitter Q&A (more here from NASCAR Talk)  the other night, one fan (Kevin Walsh) asked whether Daniel Ricciardo – who of course wears the No. 3 in Formula 1 and is a devout Earnhardt fan – would ever entertain the thought of driving a NASCAR Xfinity Series car for JR Motorsports on a road course.

Earnhardt proceeded to note that anytime the Australian would want to do so, he’s got a seat waiting for him.

has an open invite to drive a car on a road course at any time,” NASCAR’s most popular driver wrote.

So, seeing that, Ricciardo jumped at the possible chance.

And now with both the 2016 Formula 1 and NASCAR Xfinity Series calendars out, it could theoretically happen.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has three road course dates next year, all in August:

  • August 6 – Watkins Glen
  • August 13 – Mid-Ohio
  • August 27 – Road America

And, lo and behold, the Formula 1 summer break happens in August, for those first two weekends. Ricciardo would need to be back on F1 duty the Road America weekend, as that’s the weekend of the Belgian Grand Prix.

The dates are free and the offer is there. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to see this happen.

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.