Sunday, August 05, 2007

Trouble in the Tunnel Turn

There Brian Vickers was, minding his own business, keeping his nose clean and just trying to make it to the end. After all, the more laps completed in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 the more points earned for Red Bull Racing.

Then, with 19 laps go, a plume of smoke rose above the infamous tunnel turn, and, as it turned out, BV’s No. 83 was a large part of the plume. It wasn’t his doing, however. It’s safe to say Brian has Pocono Raceway pretty much figured out.

Up ahead of Brian, who at the time was running 29th, Reed Sorenson spun sideways. That meant David Gilliland had to slow down. That meant Brian had to slow down, too. But each driver involved was part of one big accordion lesson. Brian almost had the mess cleared. Evasive maneuvers took him to the high side of the track, but Sorenson’s lifeless Dodge drifted high, too, and he and Brian had a close encounter along the outside wall.

Brian limped away, and the Red Bull Racing crew kept the No. 83 going until the end. Brian ended up 29th. The dedication helped the No. 83 move up a spot in the owner standings to 39th, but 286 points must be gobbled up to reach the top 35.


Blogger malpal83 said...

Sorry to Brian and the boys, at least they got a decent finish! Better luck next week.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they made the race and finished the race. wish they would have had a top 10 day. maybe next time.
congrats on the day

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid wreck. I don't think I've ever been so made at Carl. Hopefully both TRB cars will be in the race next weekend, and we'll be talking about 2 Top 10s.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous 83GIVZUWINGZ said...

Better luck next week guys! Rock the Glen!


6:04 PM  
Blogger FSUPooh83 said...

Great job guys- just ROTTEN luck! Go get 'em at the Glen next week!

Bull Rider: I have two questions if you could answer them for us- if not, we understand!

1- Where was David?!!?!? Timmy did a fabulous job though, but we miss David! Hope there's nothing wrong...

2- There was some mention of some sort of good luck charm at the beginning of the race? Could we get a blog to explain the good luck charm in the near future?

THANKS! Everyone writing the TRB blog does a fabulous job, and we appreciate all the info we get from you guys!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

I hated to see Brian in that wreck towards the end! The way I look at it though, it may not have been the finish we were all wanting, but at least Brian was in the race and was able to get points, plus is could have been a lot worse. I always try to look at the positive side of things. :)

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job TRB, got caught up in a wreck and still finished in the top 30. Hope to see BOTH bulls race at the Glen. Good luck.

PS. Good job at the Hungarian Grand Prix. solid finishes.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one thing I hate about ESPN is that stupid draft tracker thing and the fact that if your not up front or important that you get about zero tv time, and fans have no clue whats going on...I think Fox had the best coverage.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

FOX is horrible they do everything but cover the race. All of the little side shows they have are horrible and stupid. Their commentators make all NASCAR fans seem like hillbillys. I look forward to the second half of the season just so I do not have to hear the horrible crew FOX has.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Ice said...

...finding this particular track boring as all get out, I decided to listen to the crew on Trackpass. It really made an incredible difference.

IMHO, If SOMEBODY in NASCAR or TV coverage does not start showing something OTHER than the usual 8, 48, and 24, viewers are going to go elsewhere. I can't even get a glimpse of the 83 just to see the paint scheme.


6:33 AM  
Blogger Ice said...

....also, what is up with all the hard rock music, long haired male/female, can't tell which!!...and sex during the commercials??

It made me want to take a shower.
Is this an ESPN appeal to a young audience?

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree. Didn’t like ESPN last week and this week wasn’t any better! If it were not for Trackpass following the #83 I think I would have taken my NASCAR Nap!
Bring back FOX and better luck at Watkins Glenn TRB!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

ISNT BV 38th in the point standings?

ESPN's coverage SUCKED!!!! Rusty Wallace is so annnoying he finds a way to make everything about him no matter what. They would keep going to the tech garage and would take the tracker down so I had no clue where Brian was for half of the race, and they would put crap on the screen when they should have been showing the race. I mean I know Junior is a popular guy as well as kurt busch and jimmie johnson but come on there are 40 other guys who made the race and are raacing.

What really pissed me off is when they thought it was funny when they made a mistake about who was in the accident and when they finally figured out Brian was in it they were like oh thats better.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to tell it Jackie, those announcers did not even get Brian's Name right !!! They called him David Vickers !!! I bet they would not get Juan Pablo Montoya wrong !! It would be nice to try to cover all the drivers and not just a few top guns !!!! Annoyed in Billtown !!!

8:34 AM  
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10:17 AM  
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10:24 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

ah yes, the "David Vickers" moment will forever bring me laughter. Jeeze, that was ESPN's new low.. he also called Reed Sorenson Casey Mears.. which was.. insane.

Congrats to the team for pulling of the finish you did, wrecks happen, seem to happen to TRB a lot, but things will get better.

Go kick some tail at Watkins

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this picture. Dad, you still need a haircut... Good save this week guys, and good luck at the Glen.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had our TV on MUTE and the computer on with Trackpass and leader board so we would know what was going on. To be honest we could have just turned off the TV, they didn’t show much of the race anyway, too many commercials and fluff pieces during green flag racing.
I didn't hear them call BV "David Vickers." If so I would have sent another email to ESPN for the second week in a row about their terrible coverage. Even my husband who is a Jimmie Johnson fan thought the coverage was BAD!

Good luck at the Glen TRB!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

It seemed to me they only showed the top 10 drivers most of the day, the only time they showed cars in the back were when one of the "popular" drivers were in the when Dale Jr. was in the back. I tried to look for Brian as much as possible.

Its not only ESPn either, SPEED does it too, I mean they have this show called go or go home before qualifying and 3/4 of the show is about all the other drivers inside the top 35.

These networks really need to get it together.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

The Go or Go Home show annoys the living daylights out of me! All it is is another Nascar Live with like 10 minutes of it having to do with the cars outside of the Top 35. I was excited when I first heard about the show b/c I figured that I would get to see BV which hasn't happened the last two weeks!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I agreed, since the move to ESPN I haven't watched more than a total of 15 minutes of the races. I just listen/watch Trackpass now. I like the idea of emailing ESPN, I'm sure it won't do much but just letting them know how I feel will make me feel a little better.

And I'm with ya'll about Speed's qualifying. Qualifying is most important for the go or go home guys and yet, you rarely see any of them interviewed or much mention of them.

5:42 PM  
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