NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 Testing

Biffle leads NASCAR Texas testing on Thursday

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With this weekend’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway the first race for NASCAR’s new Generation 6 car under the lights, teams had two test sessions on Thursday to acclimate the car to the cooler temperatures at the 1.5-mile oval.

As he did in Las Vegas, Greg Biffle led the day’s testing. Biffle turned 14 laps in the second session and a fast lap of 192.864 mph. The Busch brothers were next, with Kurt also in the 192 range in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet at 192.369, and Kyle fastest in the 191 range in the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (191.639).

The remainder of the top 10: Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Austin Dillon, Casey Mears, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Martin Truex Jr.

This marked the first sessions for a handful of different drivers in new cars. Dillon, back in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet, clocked in seventh, with Brian Vickers 26th in Denny Hamlin’s usual No. 11 FedEx Toyota from JGR, and rookie Timmy Hill last of the 43 cars to take time in Frank Stoddard’s No. 32 FAS Lane Ford.


IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.