The Name's Smokstad
You know Brian has won in Nextel Cup. You know Doug Richert won race after race with the late Dale Earnhardt and, before his arrival at Red Bull Racing, Greg Biffle. You might not know, however, that there’s another winner on the No. 83, which is relevant considering New Hampshire is up next.
He’s tall, unassuming, super nice and knows a ton about race cars. Give up? It’s Craig Smokstad, the 83’s car chief who in the same role won round one at Loudon last season with Kyle Busch and the Hendrick folks.
Don’t believe us? Let Craig tell you all about it in our audio section at www.teamredbull.com. But figuring that you do take what we say to heart, Craig, also instrumental in BV's run to the 2003 Busch Series title, feels confident heading to the New England flat track that’s said to be Martinsville’s big brother. Craig’s mission this weekend, after a recent test at The Milwaukee Mile, is getting the 83 to roll through the center of the corner with enough momentum to where Brian can go drag racing down the 1,500-foot straightaways.
Git ’er done, Craig!