NASCAR: ‘Dinger, Biffle, Stenhouse involved in 3-car crash at Lap 135

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A multi-car pileup involving A.J. Allmendinger, Greg Biffle (pictured), and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway under a red flag at Lap 135.

Allmendinger was attempting to pass Stenhouse on the bottom of Turn 2, but clipped him instead. The former Champ Car star then moved up into Biffle and the two spun out.

As Biffle went into the outside wall, Stenhouse had nowhere to go and slammed into his Roush Fenway Racing teammate before sliding down the track and into the inside wall of the Monster Mile.

Landon Cassill also spun out by himself as he was trying to slow down before reaching the crash scene, which had a wide field of debris and foam from Stenhouse’s Ford.

“It just looked like A.J. was driving pretty hard like he always does, and just didn’t quite have enough room there,” Biffle told Fox Sports from the garage. “He caught the front of the 17 car [Stenhouse] and turned himself up into me.

“But that’s racing. That’s what happens. It’s pretty tight around this concrete mile, and that’s why they call it the Monster Mile. It’s a tough place and there’s no margin for error. When a guy makes a mistake like that, usually, multiple cars are going to pay for it.”

Said Stenhouse: “We had a restart there and some lead-lap cars were in front of us. I was trying to maintain there and the 47 [Allmendinger] came flying up the inside.

“I just tried to stay out of his way but he caught my left front, got up into Greg Biffle, who was on the lead lap – that’s probably the worst part about it is getting your teammate caught up in it. And then our Nationwide Insurance Ford just got destroyed.”

Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News has tweeted Allmendinger’s own viewpoint on the matter:

Motor Racing Network also surveyed the damage to both RFR cars afterwards:

The race eventually went to yellow and then back to green conditions at Lap 141 with Kevin Harvick in the lead. Allmendinger is still running after the crash, but is several laps down.

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.