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Josef Newgarden throws out first pitch at St. Louis Cardinals game

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Josef Newgarden had the opportunity to take the mound at Busch Stadium Thursday evening, as the Team Penske driver threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the St. Louis Cardinals game against the Colorado Rockies.

Calling the event a “Dream come true,” Newgarden walked up to the mound in a No. 2 Cardinals jersey and then proceeded to throw a strike. The Cards would go on to defeat the Rockies 6-5.

Newgarden’s first pitch was part of “World Wide Technology Raceway Night” at the stadium, a unique fan fest organized by the Cardinals and the raceway to help kick-off the Bommarito 500 race weekend.

The free fan fest included appearances by NTT IndyCar Series, Road to Indy, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers, and fans that bought special themed tickets to the game also received a bobblehead of Cardinals outfielder Harison Bader driving an IndyCar.

The Cardinals won’t be the only St. Louis team celebrating IndyCar’s annual visit to WWTR, however, as the St. Louis Blues will be at the track for the race itself on Saturday evening.

The 2019 Stanley Cup Champions will bring the coveted trophy to the raceway for fans to view, and team captain Alex Pietrangelo and defenseman Colton Parayko will also be in attendance.

Live coverage of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 from World Wide Technology Raceway begins on Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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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.