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NASCAR Trucks’ Mudsummer Classic starting grid

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The heat races and last chance qualifier are in the books for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Here’s the starting grid via SPEED Channel, based on results from earlier in the night.

Starting Grid
1.  #52 Ken Schrader
2.  #6 Jared Landers
3.  #17 Timothy Peters
4.  #81 Kenny Wallace
5.  #4 Jeb Burton
6.  #19 Dave Blaney
7.  #88 Matt Crafton
8.  #62 Brendan Gaughan
9.  #31 James Buescher
10. #34 Ryan Newman
11. #18 Joey Coulter
12. #32 Miguel Paludo
13. #30 Kyle Larson
14. #8 Max Gresham
15. #3 Ty Dillon
16. #13 Tracy Hines
17. #54 Darrell Wallace Jr.
18. #9 Ron Hornaday Jr.
19. #39 Austin Dillon
20. #98 Johnny Sauter
21. #51 Scott Bloomquist
22. #60 Dakoda Armstrong
23. #29 Ryan Blaney
24. #7 John Wes Townley
25. #77 German Quiroga
26. #24 Brennan Newberry
27. #84 Jeff Babcock
28. #5 Jason Bowles
29. #63 Justin Jennings
30. #57 Norm Benning

Did not qualify
    #68 Clay Greenfield
    #07 Jimmy Weller
    #99 Bryan Silas
    #10 Joe Cobb
    #44 JR Heffner

IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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.