Thursday, July 26, 2007

Indy and American Dreams

Let’s see … Is it possible to rank the significance of a Nextel Cup race? The Daytona 500, NASCAR’s annual Super Bowl of stock-car racing, clearly is No. 1. Teams spend an entire winter prepping for the greatest of all American races. Even a United States president, Ronald Reagan, thought the 500 was worthy of his presence in 1984.

The pecking order after that, however, is open for debate. Anyone who is involved in making a 3,400-pound, full-bodied race car go fast will tell you the Brickyard 400 — err, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard — is right up there. The 600-mile race at Charlotte deserves a podium finish, as does the old Southern 500 at Darlington, which had been on every driver’s to-do list.

But the Brickyard is the Brickyard. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a gargantuan facility steeped in motorsports history that deserves its own zip code, is a race every driver — Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger included — is gunning for. So big is Indy that a winning driver, his team and entourage kneel down to smooch a three-foot-wide stretch of dust-covered bricks at the start-finish line. That public show of affection is displayed nowhere else on the Nextel Cup circuit.

Does that make Indy No. 2 on the list of biggest NASCAR races? Whatever your opinion might be, BV loves the place. In three starts, twice he has rolled off from the fifth position, and he finished third in 2005.

9 Comments:

Blogger Jackie said...

I love the cartoon!!!!!! Good luck this weekend and I believe both AJ and Brian can make this race. Lets hope for an early qualifying draw and all the other go or go homers get a late one!!!!

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Brian sure likes this place,let's hope Both A.J. and B.V. make this race and both have great runs....Billtown sure will be pulling for them !!!!Go Red Bull!!!!

8:02 AM  
Blogger FSUPooh83 said...

BRING ON INDY!!!! Good luck this weekend TRB!!! We believe in you!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope for some Good Luck again this weekend, it would be nice to watch both Red Bull cars race!!!!
GOOD LUCK TO BOTH AJ AND BRIAN, YOUR FANS BELIEVE AND KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

12:38 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Good Luck @ the Brickyard Boys! We know you can do it! Nobody works harder than our TRB teams!

WE BELIEVE!!!

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are behind all of you- so come on guys, lets go get them this weekend!!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Let's hope that the Cup team follows in the footsteps of Red Bull Racing and makes a good showing this week.

9:25 AM  
Blogger malpal83 said...

GOOD LUCK BOYS!

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Vickers got a good draw he will qualify 9th. AJ is on the other end 34th. Good luck everyone this weekend.

12:45 PM  

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