Bad weather brings Sprint Cup testing at Nashville to early close

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Planned one- and two-day tests for several NASCAR Sprint Cup teams at Nashville Superspeedway may be brought to an early end Saturday – which also may prompt those teams to make a hasty exit from Music City.

The reason is quick-approaching bad weather.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather alert early Saturday calling for rain in the afternoon turning to snow and possibly sleet in the evening.

Estimates of snowfall range from a half-inch to as much as three inches in surrounding areas, with potentially a half-inch of ice accumulation, as well.

Among teams that tested at Nashville the last day or two, with some having been expected to stick around for Saturday included Hendrick Motorsports (Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Roush Fenway Racing (Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne), Richard Childress Racing (Ryan Newman, Paul Menard), Richard Petty Motorsports (Aric Almirola), Michael Waltrip Racing (Jeff Burton), Team Penske (Joey Logano), Casey Mears (Germain Racing) and Ryan Truex (BK Racing).

Ricciardo: Red Bull has ‘decent chance’ of Abu Dhabi F1 victory

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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.

“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.

“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.