Wednesday, July 18, 2007

3 and 5: Significant Digits


The numbers three and five carry plenty of weight in the world of motorsports. Put the two together, and you get 35 — the desired location for Red Bull Racing’s two Toyotas in the Nextel Cup car owner standings.
Three alone can mean a podium finish in open-wheel racing, whether it be at Eldora or Monaco. It also was the car number of the late Dale Earnhardt. Two threes side by side reads 33 — the amount of cars that make up the 11 rows of three in the Indianapolis 500.
Five, despite being two digits behind, is just as significant. Brian Vickers earned Red Bull Racing’s first top-five finish in May at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Five is the number of bonus points earned for leading a lap, and 55 mph is usually the maximum speed allowed on pit road.
And then there’s 35 itself. In 2008, the top 35 from 2007 will determine the starting lineup for races. And that rule — you guessed it — lasts for the first five races.
If you’re keeping score, Brian sits 40th in owner points — 443 points out of the top 35. AJ Allmendinger is 47th. A lot or work to do with 17 races remaining, and the climb continues at Indianapolis.

16 Comments:

Anonymous RastaMon said...

Math... Numbers... Man you are hurtin my nugget...

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone on the inside let us know if red bull is considering chasing those # 13 owners points? I know its not the honorable way to get in, but its better than sitting on the outside looking in for the rest of the year. Who knows, if they get the points and give them to the #83 team they might be able to climb up in the points some, but they way it stands next year is looking to have a huge emphasis on qualifying too. I hope they make it in, but even if they scrap there way in during the last few races if nascar changes the rule to the top 30 or 20 then they are screwed but with those owner points they might not be.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I agree with anonymous I would like to know something as well...and I hate the top 35 rule it sucks!!!!

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just trying to figure out what I’m gonna do this Sunday. Its great that the teams have the weekend off. I think they only get three or five times during the season to spend with family and friends.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just wondering....How many sips DOES it take to reach the bottom of a Red Bull can?

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 + 5 = 8, 8 oz. in a can of Red Bull. Mmmmmm, Red Bull

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8.3 oz. in a red bull can

9:02 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

If DEI and Ginn merge, Paul Menard will more than likely get the 13 points. What I want to know is with the 13 car not racing the rest of the season, will nascar let an extra go or go home car into the race until someone moves up into the 35th place?

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Krystle I am almost postive that if one of the top 35 cars does not show up to qualify then the 36th place car is locked in. On jayski Bobby Ginn did make a statement saying "I don't intend for that car to sit still. It's got value to me or to someone but we right now" I am guessng the someone else would be selling his top 35 position.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

From what was on Nascar Now last night...it seemed that Nascar would lean against buying and selling of owners points. I know it happened last year with the 55 buying up the 77 points when he moved over to BDR, but it would be a big concern for NASCAR that some team would offer 1 million dollars to a top 35 team to use their owner's points for an important race to get into.

I don't think that the 36th team would get locked into the show if the 35th team didn't show up.

I also don't think that the DEI/Ginn merger will happen before Indy, but it would probally take 2~3 races of not running before the #21 or #10 caught up with them. They could hold out for some big bucks or donate the points to the #15.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

John Andretti is going to be racing a car for another team at Indy I think so

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They forgot to add that 5 was also Brian's car number when he won the Busch Championship!!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Krystle said...

I heard that John Andretti will be in that particular car for the rest of the year.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Its the 08 dodge they are looking for a primary sponsor for the rest of this year and 2008

9:30 AM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

AND they missed that Brian won 3 races the year he won the Busch Championship!

Bet we could just keep thinking up more!

4:22 PM  
Anonymous L 4 Lutefisk said...

Redneck math...

Surely, you mean the digits three and five, with the three in the tens place and the 5 in the ones place?

I enjoy Toyota and NASCAR but fight the redneckism.

6:49 PM  

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