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Justin Allgaier, David Gilliland OK after hard Kansas wreck (VIDEO)

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Shortly after the field took the restart with 84 laps to go in the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway, the caution came out again after a hard crash that involved Sprint Cup rookie Justin Allgaier (pictured) and David Gilliland.

Allgaier and Gilliland’s cars took severe damage, but the latter’s Ford Fusion came off especially worse. Thankfully, both of those drivers were able to get out of the cars and walk away.

As the field went into Turn 3 on the restart lap, A.J. Allmendinger appeared to briefly get his left-side tires on the apron while trying to pass Paul Menard.

Allmendinger spun out and slid down into the right-rear of Allgaier’s No. 51 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet, which sent him spinning into the oncoming No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford of Gilliland.

After the initial hit, Gilliland went into the SAFER Barrier for a second hard hit that briefly put him airborne. His car caught on fire after the two impacts and its front end was smashed in.

Fox Sports relayed radio transmission between the HScott camp and Allgaier in the immediate aftermath. In a pained voice, Allgaier said that he was fine but out of breath.

“Holy crap, was that a hit,” he gasped.

Both Allgaier and Gilliland were later checked and released from the infield care center. When Gilliland was released, he told Fox that it was “the hardest hit I’ve had in a while.”

“It was just a tough hit and a tough way to end our night,” Gilliland said.

The race would restart with 74 laps to go.

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.