Rahal hopes Road America podium can start late-season roll (VIDEO)

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Graham Rahal hopes that his third-place finish in Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America can start a late-season roll of strong results.

Rahal battled at the front for much of the race, running as high as second behind Will Power at one point before dropping back into a battle to complete the podium with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves.

Rahal ultimately crossed the line ahead of Hunter-Reay to record his second top-three finish of the season, his first coming at Barber Motorsports Park in April.

After a patchy run of form that had seen him finish in the top 10 just one in the four races leading up to the Road America weekend, Rahal was pleased with P3, but felt more was possible.

“Good day overall for us. Nice to get a good result,” Rahal told NBCSN.

“Obviously bummed not to finish a little higher, we had a good run on [Tony Kanaan] but he blocked us pretty good – I would have done the same.

“We wanted to win today but it was a good points day overall.

“We’ve had a lot go against us this year. Hopefully we can go on a bit of a run.”

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.