Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sniffing the Second Half

Nextel Cup vacations at Pocono Raceway one more time this summer, but NASCAR’s second honeymoon here — the Pocono Mountains are the destination for many newly married couples — doesn’t come until early August. We go to Michigan next, then winery hopping in Sonoma before a lesson in revolutionary history in New Hampshire.
After that comes Daytona, which was the start of our long, strange trip. Daytona marks Red Bull Racing’s second trip to some of America’s greatest speedways. We’ve been — or will have been — to these places once in 2007: Pocono, Bristol, California, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Talladega, Charlotte, Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas and Phoenix.
That’ll be 12 tracks, after July’s 400-miler at Daytona, where we get to use our own notes, past experiences and dos and don’ts. That’s why the upcoming races at Michigan and New Hampshire are so critical. What we learn there can be applied to a hard charge into the top 35.
Brian’s 83 is beginning to reel in that elusive cutoff in the car owner standings. And just imagine what AJ, who’s made five races in a row, can do when he tackles a track for the second time.
Indeed, the dog days of summer count just as much as the glory of Daytona.


Blogger Kristin said...

Brian is slowly making his way to the Top 35 spot. Once he gets up there, he will just keep going foward. AJ will be up there soon. Then the stress of having to worry on Friday will be no longer.

Not much to say about that race today. It was just WOW! Don't really remember seeing anything like that before.

Glad that both teams could bring her home in one piece.


4:57 PM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

AJ, BV and the rest of TRB have been doing their jobs...TRD needs to get their act together. The Toys did not seem to be on a level playing field with everyone else at Pocono. I am very impressed with the effort of TRB lately though, keep it up guys!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Tough luck with the stupid rain! Nascar needs to make the rule 2/3 instead of 1/2!!! But still Brian gained some in points and that's important! We're all so proud of the efforts of everyone at TRB!

Better Luck @ MIS next week! I'll be there cheering y'all on!!!


6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that was the saddest race i have seen all year. felt so bad for the 83 and 84 teams. anybody know what the problem was.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I read on the Toyota Race Quotes that the 83 was having problems with the bottom-end power with the motor.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I was critical of the decision to put AJ in the 84...but the last few weeks have proven that he wasn't a poor choice. He has raced very clean, and I have been impressed with his poise and attitude on the track.

Now, once the kinks get worked out of the motor, Brian is going to be dangerous. I honestly didn't expect the 83 team to be this good this fast. Given what they've shown so far, they are a top 5, top 10 threat every week.

I sure hope TRD can get the engine problem fixed before Indy.

Go Team Red Bull!

5:10 AM  

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