Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Riding a Small Wave Into RIR

Mr. Mo-Mentum bought a ticket on behalf of Red Bull Racing for this weekend’s NASCAR events at Richmond International Raceway. The team’s two drivers manned up in the sweltering southern California heat Sunday night, and now there’s a bit of bravado beating from Red Bull Racing. Sure, it was only one race, but Brian Vickers’ eighth-place finish and AJ Allmendinger’s 18th-place run in the Sharp Aquos 500 proved to the folks on pit road that Red Bull Racing — two cars, two drivers and the many men and women behind it — is creeping closer to, as they say, consistency. Brian owns two top-10 finishes in two of the past three races and four overall. AJ has gone from the Bristol high banks to the flat track in Fontana, where he was running third with 25 laps to go before finishing a career-best 18th. Richmond’s short track is next. BV missed out on the rain-delayed race there in May, but AJ qualified a season-best 13th. And they’ll both run in Friday night’s Busch Series race — Brian in Braun Racing’s No. 10 Toyota and AJ in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Dodge.

36 Comments:

Anonymous Natalie said...

I am so happy that both BV and AJ are running very well!! Yet I am soo mad that I am stuck at school (Marquette University) and they are testing so close to me at Milwaukee Mile!! Good luck this weekend!!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Hopefully Brian and AJ are learning some stuff that will help them. Brian has been running awesome and AJ is quickly improving. California was awesome, let's keep the momentum going boys.

WE BELIEVE!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Red83Bull said...

Little by little, Just keep making races and you guys will have climbed a big mountain when you look back at the end of the year. Good luck in the capital of the Confederacy!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

jscxrc"Brick by brick we build a team..."--Doug Richert

Team Red Bull is making progress, little by little, brick by brick...they WILL be a force to reckon with in the near future!

Good Luck @ RIR Brian and AJ!!!

WE BELIEVE!!!

4:45 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Oops--that jscxrc wasn't supposed to be there! LOL

4:46 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I hadn't heard anything about the test session at the Milwaukee Mile. Am I safe in assuming this was done with the COT? I sure hope so. Any extra seat time in that car can only help. Go getem' boys!

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are doing TRB and your fans proud! Keep up the good work and the top finishes will follow.

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Red83Bull said...

David, It makes sense to assume it was a COT test. This is a safe assumption because Milwaukee is a flat mile track, most similar to NH and Richmond- the next 2 races(both COT)

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a COT test. They were working on somethings for the next two weeks.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I just wanted to share with all the Brian fans that Lisa, who worked with Brian at HMS, has had her baby. It was a healthy baby girl named RaSella.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to AJ and the 84 team - lets do this again! We are all behind you - go get em in the Busch race too!

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a big Vickers fan, this is hard to stomach. Make the race, finish 8th, miss the race, make the race, finish 8th...then 44th quickest during 1st practice (at this time). You know what? I'm ok with just making every race and finishing like 20th than making every other one and finishing 8th. Consistency is a huge problem, and I refuse to believe that the 37 team has a better car than the 83. Doug Reichart is too smart of a crew chief to let the car of tomorrow befuddle him. I just wish we could show a level of consistency that the 22 team shows week in and week out and just get results. Even though the 22's finishes have been subpar, he's been every week...

I don't want to seem TOO pessimistic, because I'm like every other poster on this blog and believe in the 83 team...but it's hard to swallow doing so well one week and missing the show the next week.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Red83Bull said...

One thing to keep in mind is that we do not always know the agenda of each team in practice. It is our only source of info, but I think we (fans) put too much stock in one fast lap. We don't know the circumstances or the agenda. As it turned out the 83 and 84 were in the ballpark, speed wise. Worry more about a crappy qualifying draw that both cars got.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I know its tough but it is no secret and Vickers has stated this before that Red Bull's COT progam is a little behind. I was happy to come back from lunch and see Vickers had moved from 44th when I left to 29th when I got back (5th out of 12th of the go or go home). I just hope his draw does not hurt him too much. The good thing about Richmond is the laps take under 23 seconds to complete so more cars will go in less amount of time for the weather to change.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Here is a little more positivity from me:

- Of the 12 Go or Go home cars 8 of them are within 17 spots of Vickers spot. The track should not change to much

- The 4 cars that would not qualify according to there practice times (#55, #78, #37, & #36) the first 3 mentioned qualify within 17 cars of Vickers only the #36 qualifies later (42nd)

Good luck Team Red Bull both the #83 and #84 were fastest enough in practice to make the race just do it again in qualifying

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or has nascar slowed down on posting information. Does anyone know what the qualifying draws are for both races for both drivers?

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Cup:
#83 - 6th
#84 - 8th

Busch:
#42 - 11th
#10 - 25th

On NASCAR.com click the Races link at the top. This is where they post the information first.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great...Thanks...

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have an opinion about the qualifying time starting at 6pm instead of 4pm as usual? Will this help BV and AJ or will it hurt them?

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Well here are the weather stats:

If qualifying was at 4pm:
89 degrees at 4pm
88 degrees at 5pm
85 degrees at 6pm

Temperature change of 4 degrees

With qualifying being at 6pm:
85 degrees at 6pm
82 degrees at 7pm
78 degrees at 8pm

Temperature change of 7 degrees

Looks as if qualifying at 4 would have been better for them. Qualifying should take around 90 min.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

Everyone get your Red Bull out during qualifying tonight to give Brian and AJ extra luck! ;)

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that BV qualified 13th and AJ 12th in the Bush race. Good job! Any word regarding more Bush races for Brian?

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

The guys did great in Busch qualifying hopefully they can duplicate it in Cup qualifying.

AJ starts the Busch race tonight 12th and Vickers starts 13th

2:27 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

Great starting position for both tonight!! Cant wait for the race to start!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say both TRB cars are in, they are beating the 22,37,44,and the 55 at this point. AJ is 1 spot ahead of Brian so lets hope that doesn't keep Brian out!

3:45 PM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

AWESOME!!!! DID it again 2 Bulls in the show! RB and vodka for everyone!!!

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

They only have to beat 4 cars because there is no past champ since the #21 is locked in. AWESOME JOB TEAM RED BULL!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

You can have the vodka! I'll take the Jager. Congratulations TRB! Definitly going to be another great weekend for both teams.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Brian and AJ are both also locked into the spot where they qualify (The last go or go home car that makes it always starts last, what a dumb rule)

3:58 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

YES! Congrats to both RB teams!! I'm so excited to see both in the race!! =)All that Red Bull I've drank today sent some luck towards Brian and AJ's way.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's kind of funny, that in both Busch and Cup, Aj and Bv are starting 1 spot from each other.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Same with last weekend at California

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When they first went out I thought it was over thinking that going out later the go or go home cars would be faster. Apparently it was only good for Reutimann.
Great job TRB!!! Now we have something to watch tonight and tomorrow!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

So glad both cars made the race, now I will cheer twice as hard for good finishes!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Great job TRB! I thought we were screwed when I saw the qualifying order but it all worked out!! Can't wait to watch the Busch and Cup races.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hoo raa

5:02 PM  

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