No matches between their toes, but drivers endure a case of hot foot at Talladega

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If it wasn’t against etiquette – not to mention NASCAR rules – Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle might have been tempted to stick their feet out the window during Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The unexpected high temperatures at Talladega not only got numerous drivers hot under the collar – as evidenced by the number of wrecks – but it also caused many of then to feel like some prankster may have used a lighter or stuck a match in their shoes to give them a case of hot foot.

It was THAT hot inside the race cars.

How hot? Consider this exchange between runner-up Biffle and third-place finisher Bowyer during their post-race session with the media:

BIFFLE: “I’m glad somebody else’s feet were hot because mine were on fire all day.  It wasn’t even that hot out.”

BOWYER: “Did you do the old cross-over for a while?”

BIFFLE: “Yeah, my heels were burned up.”

BOWYER: “I had to use my left foot for a little while. They do get hot.”

BIFFLE: “I’m not sure why.”

BOWYER: “Pays pretty good, though, so we’ll get through it.”

When a reporter asked both drivers where their right legs were when things were the hottest, the two drivers offered this exchange:

BIFFLE: “Up off the hot floor.”

BOWYER: “Pick it up, stick it out the window, whatever you could do. It was hot.”

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Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”