Gift from the Racing Gods
OK, the 83 snuck into the show. The gods that produce large amounts of precipitation enough to cover 2.5 miles of asphalt four lanes wide gave Red Bull Racing a gift at just the right time.
The first words out of crew chief Doug Richert’s mouth acknowledged that the 83 wasn’t fastest enough when it counted in Friday’s qualifying at Daytona. No matter, the numbers finally worked in Red Bull Racing’s favor. Because BV won last October’s Nextel Cup race at Talladega, he was — based on the official title of “2006 race winner” — locked into the field when NASCAR determined that it was too wet to continue. That earned him the 36th starting position for the 400-miler.
BV is now putting in two shifts Saturday. The rain continued, and the Busch Series race was postponed until 9 a.m. Eastern. Later on at 8 p.m., he goes green in the Cup car.