Thursday, September 13, 2007

Chase Within the Chase

There’s THE Chase, the top 12 racing for a championship. And then there’s OUR Chase, the final 12 racing for their 2008 lives. NASCAR rules say any car in the top 35 in owner standings is guaranteed a spot in the upcoming race, regardless of qualifying effort. For 2008, the top 35 after this season’s 36 races — slow as they might be come Daytona in February — are automatically handed a grid position for the first five events. That gives Red Bull Racing 10 tries to get there. Brian Vickers’ No. 83 sits 38th in the owner standings — 233 points behind the No. 21 in 35th. Red Bull Racing is a mere 32 points from 37th but 214 from 36th. No one has any room for error, as only 549 points separate positions 32 through 40. A good place for Vickers to start is in Friday’s qualifying at New Hampshire, where he owns two top-three starts including a pole in July 2005. Rookie AJ Allmendinger moved from 47th to 45th in driver points when he finished 23rd at Richmond, six days after a career-best effort of 18th at California. The quest for more seat time takes Allmendinger back to the Craftsman Truck Series, where he’ll drive the Darrell Waltrip-owned and Red Bull-sponsored No. 00 Toyota at New Hampshire.

26 Comments:

Blogger nicole said...

Good luck this weekend boys!!!!!

11:02 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

One more day! I am so excited. The perfect birthday gift would be 2 Team Red Bull cars in the show and a Top 10 finish. That would be awesome! Good luck this weekend boys and teams. We are all cheering for you.

WE BELIEVE!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous 83GIVZUWINGZ said...

Good Luck tomorrow guyz! We have faith they the 83 and 84 teams can make the show and rock the house!

GO Brian and AJ!!!

WE BELIEVE!!!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go get 'um this weekend boys!!! We all know you two can do it. It makes the races so much more fun to watch when our team is in it!!!
WE BELIEVE!!
Team Red Bull has it going now!!!

6:30 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Is it just me, or do some of you other fans have your stomach get knotted up with anticipation as the qualifying day begins? The wait from morning till the end of qualifying makes for a "pepto bismol" day. It's hard to imagine what BV & AJ are going through. But, as kristin and 83givzuwingz say - We Believe - and I do have faith in the guys. Go get 'em boys! We're with you 100%.

4:11 AM  
Anonymous ashley said...

David, I feel like that every week. I start in the morning drinking Red Bull to give the guys extra luck. :)

You can do it today Brian and AJ! Good luck!

4:19 AM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

David, It is not just you, when BV made the race last week I celebrated like a win. I can't imagine how the team feels if I am sick to my stomach!

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does any one know what the guys got for their draw?

8:43 AM  
Blogger racing bull said...

BV 4th
AJ 9th

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks!

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Practice didnt look very promising. Hope they can get something figured out for qualifying later. Come on Boys - we can do this!!!!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

David, you aren't alone! My nerves start acting funny on Thursday. I'm sure the teams feel the same way, so guess we can say we are definitly apart of the TRB family.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so far so good.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes yes yes yes yes!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Both in...this is huge. Good job TRB.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

Wow! That was a nail-biter! Great job guys!!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So worried that BV would be the bubble car to the end of qualifying. Yeah both TRB cars are in. Now we can work our way to the front and gain some owner points!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Hey David- I get so nervous that 99% of the time I can't even watch qualifying. I have to record it. I usually rewind my tape to the list of those that didn't qualify and if BV's name isn't on the list then I go back and actually watch it.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

WooHoo! First part of the perfect birthday gift has been completely. Check that off the list. Now, if we can get both cars in the Top 10. That would be awesome.

WE BELIEVE!

2:53 PM  
Blogger FSUPooh83 said...

WOW was that ever close! so excited we get to see them race, and that there were no inspection problems this time!

And the positive- at least he doesn't start dead last anymore!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Way to go Team Red Bull! Can't wait for the race!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Was the #49 car disqualified?

3:41 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Yeah the 49 was too low.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job getting both cars in boys!! Hopefully we can find a little more speed tomorrow in practice. Keep up the good work!

4:47 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Yesterday was nerve wracking!It doesn't matter today b/c we're racing on Sunday!! I can't take too many more days like that.

Good Luck Brian and AJ!!!

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nerves? Gosh, you have no idea what I go through on Thursday nights and Friday all day. TGIF got thrown right out of the window starting this year! Lynne

10:45 AM  

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