Friday, May 11, 2007

Smokin' with the "Lady in Black"

As if the COT weren’t shaking up enough change in NASCAR – now it’s also breaking Darlington tradition! With the Car of Today, teams used to wedge a piece of wood in the right side of the car between the roll cage and the body. As the cars scraped and scrubbed down the walls of the track, the wood acted as a barrier to keep the sheet metal from denting down onto the tires. The wood would give off a burning smell that helped signify – you got it – your Darlington stripe. Now that the COT has taken over Darlington, there won’t be anymore burning wood. The walls of the COT are packed with so much insulation (see pic of foam), that there’s no room to stick a 2 x 4 in anymore. What are teams to do? Hold out and hope the jam-packed foam (coated in more fire retardant now thanks to the recent smoking of foam that Harvick had) does the same job as the wood – keeping the sheet metal off the tires.

31 Comments:

Anonymous Brian said...

Good luck in qualifying today guys both of you had times fast enough in practice to make the race!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job in practice guys - now lets go get em in qualifying!!!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

Looking good today!!! No excuses 2 Bull's in the ring Saturday night. Go get 'em boys!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Alright, both guys were looking good in the first practice, lets hope that they both make the show, and BV got a great draw for qualifying so lets hope this works in his favor.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ is IN!!!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

Aj made the race. Now we sit back a while and wait for Brian's lap.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Hell YA both cars are in!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, here comes the "running of the bulls"!!!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

AWESOME JOB TRB!!!!!! Way to go!!!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

Brian made it in too. I am so excited. Congratulations to TRB!!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! Congratulations to both the Red Bull Teams for making the race at Darlington. Good luck to both pit crews and drivers from one of the Moms.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Yay! So great to see all the boys in the race at my favorite track. Now go and kick butt, fellas!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats guys!! Awesome job today - so good to have both cars in the race tomorrow. GO TRB!!!!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

There ya go guys! There was a lot of cheering in my house once BV finished his lap. Looking forward to seeing the Bulls let loose in the ring tomorrow night!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess them taking the bikes out didn't take too much time away from work like some hecklers we're fast to say.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Great Job guys! I'm soooo excited about the race tomorrow night!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Kvnsm67 said...

Nice job guys. It will be nice to see everyone working this weekend.

On the lighter side of things, just make sure you pit in your own boxes!!!

Good luck.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Brian from said...

Great job by the whole red bull team getting both cars into the race this weekend.. fantastic. Keep up the good work guys. Looking forward to seeing the race now.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

Great job guys!! I was so excited to see both cars in!!!!

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank goodness! i can watch a race now!!

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck to both teams. i am so happy yall made the race.

HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY DUSTIN.

sorry, had to do it.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Dylan from ontario said...

GOOD FRIGGIN JOB GUYS! Going out tomrrow night 17th and 20th. Looking forward too two top 10s (most likly top 5s!)tomorrow! luck TRB!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh Oh! They just showed AJ's car. He has a scratch down the side of his car...the lady has bitten!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Rock-on-AWESOME job guys!!!
We're all so excited!!! We know you can rock the "Lady in Black" tomorrow night! We're so proud of ya both!!!

Good luck boys!!!

WE BELIEVE!!!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

For the TRB fans,

I found the Toyota Qualifying Quotes and thought I'd share them with y'all. Both AJ and Brian gave their imput on the cars. Enjoy!!!

http://www.race2win.net/wc/07/race/dr/tqq.html

Have to say it again...Congratulations AJ and Brian! We are all so proud of you both.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES,YES,YES, great run BV and the TRB guys, Saturday night will be AWSOME for the 1st time in a few races

Paul

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

boys great job keep those hybrid engines running hard

5:19 PM  
Blogger FSUPooh83 said...

YYYEEESSSS!!!!!!!

WOO HOOO!!! Show the Lady who is boss tomorrow night!

Go TRB!!!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ that was an awesome lap you ran having never been on this track before - hope you have a great race tomorrow. We will be rooting for you!!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Awesome job BV and AJ in qualifying yesterday. Now it's your time to shine and show the Lady in Black who's the boss. It's our day to shine in the light. Good Luck tonight at the Lady in Black. Red Bul will rock the house tonight.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian And A.J., Congrats on your qualifying ! Now ,Rock,Rock the house.We keep the faith in BILLTOWN !!!!

5:15 PM  

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