Wednesday, August 29, 2007

First for Everything

As soon as Brian Vickers crossed the finish line 10th at California Speedway, the Red Bull began flowing. Red Bull Racing finally came full circle. In its first Nextel Cup points race — February’s Auto Club 500 — the No. 83 started up front, stayed and finished there.

It was the culmination of more than a year of work just to get to that point, and when it counted, Red Bull Racing and Toyota Racing Development brought their “A” game from start to finish. First race, the team’s first top 10, Toyota’s first top 10 … it made the red-eye flight back to North Carolina that much easier to stomach.

The No. 83 Red Bull Toyota returns to the Inland Empire this weekend, and all signs point to another strong showing. BV, whose average start at California is 9.0 with a pole in 2004, is returning with the same Camry that finished eighth Aug. 21 at California’s sister track in Michigan.

Freshman AJ Allmendinger started his fall semester when the No. 84 returned to action Saturday night at Bristol. AJ missed the first race in Fontana, but he tied a career-best finish of 31st at Michigan in June.


Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Good Luck this weekend Brian and AJ. Here to a hopeful two Red Bull in the show this weekend. Hopefully BV's lighting fast Toyota gets another top ten finish or even a top five finsih this weekend.
We Believe in you BV and AJ

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not going to get my hopes up, because every time I do, I usually get a letdown, but this COULD be a POTENTIALLY big points day and as much as people are saying we're still out of the top 35 in points, all I'm gonna say is we could easily catch the 70, 45, and others with a good string of top 20 finishes in 5 or 6 races. I'm not going to give up beleiving, but it's not gonna be easy.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a WIN or least the pole position. BV came close in the Bush race at MIS.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I just saw where AJ will be racing the busch circuit this weekend and in 4 other races. It's about time for that to happen. He and BV will have the opp to be in 3 busch races together but for separate teams. Good news for our guys, of course only one of those cars will be a toyota, but still seat time should help.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Good Luck this weekend boyz!!!

Have fun Buschwackin' and rock the House on Sunday!!!


1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to see AJ will finally be running some Busch races. All he needs is more seat time and he will soon be running up front. Hopefully we will be watching both AJ and Brian not only on Saturday but Sunday too!!!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ went out on his own and got that ride, so kudos to him. A couple finishes up front even if it is in the busch series will do wonders for his confidence.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

WooHoo! Double dose of AJ and Brian this weekend. I'm excited. Hopefully this will AJ help a little bit. I never get into the California races, but I'm excited for this one. Good luck Team Red Bull. We all believe in you guys!

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ going to get some busch time thats awesome-- can't find it posted anywhere can anyone else confirm or deny?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Well, the top 35 is still within reach folks...a third of the season is still left, but the 83 can only miss another race, in my opinion, or they are out. Top 15s and top 20s would do it, the way that the 70 and 45 teams are running.

Look at it this way. The 70 team averages 80 points a race, and the 45 team averages 77 points a race. However, the 83 team averages 105 points a race. Just keeping with the averages, and assuming all three teams make the rest of the races this year, the 83 would make up 300 points on the 70 team and 336 on the 45 team. Since the 83 team is 369 back from the 70 team and 363 back from the 45 team, bypassing both is doable, especially since the 70 and 45 teams have been averaging much less than 80 points a race lately.

By the way, leapfrogging both would put the 83 team in 34th place.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

Good luck to Brian and AJ in both Cup and Busch races this weekend! I'm so excited and cant wait to watch! :)

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Spirit83 said...

There's an article about AJ doing Busch at

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is soooo awesome that AJ will finally have the opportunity to get some much needed seat time in the Busch series!! Congratulations AJ. Have fun with it and let the racing come naturally. You will shine like you always do.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Hey Nathan! Thanks for doing the stats for us. I really appreciate it and it definitly saves me from having a heart attack after looking at the Owner's Points. I believe that Brian will be in the Top 35 by the end of the season, I'm hoping it's by Talladega.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Nathan said...


I'm happy to do it! Thanks for being such a positive and cheerful fan. I always feel like I'm the only Brian Vickers fan at the track, but when I see comments here, I know I'm not.

If you get something out of them, I'll keep submitting them as the season goes on.

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Oops...typo, I meant Kristin. My sister spells it Kristen, so it is kinda habit for me. :)

4:35 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Nathan... Kristin... I'm with both of you. I really like Kristins postive "We Believe" on almost every post she submits. And, Nathan, thanks for the positive spin on the stats. I too, believe Brian can and will be in the top 35 by seasons end. Go getem' boys!

4:56 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Uh oh... I've given credit to Kristin for the "We Believe" 83givzuwingz always uses. Sorry about that. I guess with that shimmering "83" on her posts, Kristin just exudes enthusiasm, so without checking before hand I had it in my head she was the "We Believe". In any case, "I Believe" and it's great to find other big fans of Brian. Go getem' boys!.

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Glad to hear AJ got a Busch ride and it is with a good team that has won a race this year (the #42 car)

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Well it seems like the #83 is safe with Red Bull. In ANOTHER story about Jr.'s car number Hendrick filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the numbers #38, #51, #81, #82 and #58.

8:42 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

Let's get both Red Bulls doing double duty this weekend. Good Luck BV and AJ. Stay safe!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Hey David! 83givzuwingz started using the "We Believe" and I thought it was such a great expression and such a true statement, that I started using it as well.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nathan, I want to thank you also for the info. glad you take the time to help us out!!
I too am a BIG fan of the 83 and 84, my son works at the shop and I have to keep up on all the behind the scene news. I'm the Nascar Mom Love the Blog!!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Wow--I just saw y'all were talking about me...LOL :)...I do use the "WE BELIEVE!!!" almost all the time, but everyone is welcome to use it...I just feel that it kinda sums up the whole attitude TRB fans have this season for our new team. Besides, we're all true fans here and true fans never give up... :D


1:36 PM  

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