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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Maverick Vinales scores first MotoGP win of season after Bagnaia crashes

MotoGP Maverick Vinales
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Maverick Vinales ended a seasonlong winless drought in MotoGP, winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Francesco Bagnaia crashed while leading with seven laps to go.

Holding off Joan MIr and Pol Espargarao at the Misano circuit, Vinales, 25, won his first race since the Malaysian Grand Prix last year. The Yahama rider is the sixth different winner in eight rounds this season.

With his eighth career victory, the Spaniard moved into a tie for second in the standings with Fabio Quartararo, who finished fourth Sunday after being penalized 3 seconds for violating track limits and losing a spot. There are seven races remaining.

“Amazing job this weekend,” Vinales said. “(Bagnaia) was very fast, I was pushing a lot and trying to save a bit of tire for the last 10 laps. Very happy because my mentality ha been competely the same, we just found a better setup.

“I appreciate all the work, because threre had been tough times in my team, but we kept pushing and found better luck, and we have to continue like that.”

Andrea Dovizioso, who finished eighth, leads the championship by a point over Vinales and Quartararo.

Bagnaia, who finished second a week earlier, was on track to become the fifth first-time winner in MotoGP’s premier series this season. But he lost control in Turn 6 while under pressure for the lead from Vinales.

Pramac Racing rider Francesco Bagnaia stands after crashing from the lead during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Misano circuit (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images).