Can't Catch a Break
An engine change after Saturday’s final practice forced the No. 83 Red Bull Camry to drop back to the 43rd position at the start of the race, due to NASCAR rules. With nothing to lose starting from the back of the field, Crew Chief Doug Richert carved out a different pit strategy before the green flag even fell, telling Vickers to come into the pits on lap 4 to top off fuel. The change in pit strategy worked in Vickers favor when a caution on lap 10 had cars scrambling into the pits, while Vickers Red Bull Racing crew chose to stay out, gaining 9 positions. On lap 22, the No. 83 started experiencing brake problems and spun out, causing the No. 01 car to hit and damage the left side of Vickers car. The Red Bull Racing crew worked quickly in the pits to install NASCAR’s mandatory impact foam and secure the sheet metal – all while never losing a lap. On lap 60, Vickers came into the pits for a fuel-only stop, but was penalized for speeding down pit road and punished with a pass through down pit road on the following lap. Shortly after the incident, the No.83 transmission started to go out, leaving Vickers with only 4th gear. Richert advised, "Limp her until she blows, then we’ll come into the garage and change the transmission." Unfortunately, the Red Bull Racing crew just couldn’t catch a break. On lap 67 the No. 83 lost the transmission and the clutch, putting an early end to their race. Vickers No. 83 Red Bull Camry finished in the 41st position.