Alex Bright narrowly wins Chili Bowl’s Tuesday night A-Main, other results

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Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pennsylvania claimed the win in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main Tuesday night in a narrow finish over Joey Saldana in the 25-lap race.

Bright, who started eighth, automatically locks himself into Saturday’s A-Feature with the win in the event held in the River Spirit Expo Center at Tulsa’s Expo Square.

Bright, Saldana and Zach Daum, who finished third, all advance to Saturday’s main event. Bright had finished second in both his qualifying race and heat race.

Unofficial results of Tuesday night A-Main

1. 77B-Alex Bright

2. 17-Joey Saldana

3. 5D-Zach Daum

4. 8J-Jonathan Beason

5. 51J-R.J. Johnson

6. 57B-Chad Boespflug

7. 35M-Matt Sherrell

8. 11A-Andrew Felker

9. 71K-Kyle Larson

10. 99P-Dillon Welch

11. 14W-Matt Westfall

12. 18-Tony Bruce Jr

13. 17J-Chase Johnson

14. 39S-Kevin Thomas Jr

15. 39B-Spencer Bayston

16. 78-Nick Wean

17. 0S-Dylan Westbrook

18. 55-Nick Knepper

19. 0T-Tyler Brehm

20. 1PW-Paul White

21. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr

22. (DNF) 7H-Darren Hagen

23. (DNF) 22E-Cameron Hagin

24. (DNF) 44X-Wesley Smith

NASCAR Ties: Kyle Larson won his qualifying race, the third of the night and started on the pole for the A-Main, but was involved in an accident with a car leaving the pits on Lap 11 and finished ninth. Larson also finished second in the eighth Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions (VIROC VIII) … Alex Bowman won the night’s fourth heat race after starting fourth. He then finished seventh in B Feature 1 … Christopher Bell finished fifth in the VIROC VIII.

Notable: The eighth Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions, a race made up of past Chili Bowl and VIROC champions, was won by Tanner Thorson.

Next: Wednesday’s qualifying races start at 7 ET and include NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley and Rico Abreu.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.