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.