Saturday, October 13, 2007

The "Circus" Comes To Town

It has been very evident to those who live in the Charlotte area that the race is in town this weekend. Many a race fan has traveled from other cities and states to make it to tonight's race under the lights of Lowe's Motor Speedway. There has been a little more traffic on I-77 than usual, all local hotel rooms are booked - the excitement is in the air.

On the way to AJ's merchandise signing today, we encountered thousands of race fans enjoying the fantastic weather and soaking up the race atmosphere. The picture above shows Speedway Boulevard in front of Lowe's Motor Speedway, right by the merchandise haulers and fan zone.

And the garage area is no different. More garage and pit passes are distributed at this race than almost any other track because this is NASCAR's "home" track. Those who work in the sport invite their family members, friends and loved ones to come out and see what keeps them busy most weekends of the year.

The green flag of the Bank of America 500 waves tonight at 7:46 PM EST. AJ will roll off the grid in the 30th spot.


Blogger Brian said...

Someone from TRB needs to inform their fans. Speed just reported that the Red Bull sponsorship is going to the #38 & #28 team and TRB is closing.

Please tell me this is wrong and TRB is just purchasing Yates for the points for both the #83 and #84 team. Red Bull will never ever win a fucking race with Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update blog, I've now completely forgotten about the effort of TRB and the 83 and 84 teams during the Kansas and Charlotte weekends!!

4:22 PM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

Brian, come on bud that cannot be right. Make no sense, think it through.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

From what I just read on the Speedtv board The rumor is TRB would buy RYR and basically transfer the points over to the 83 and 84. Everyone relax and enjoy AJ going to the front!

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...


I dont believe it it true but when someone says it on air you have to let it cross your mind!

Good job so far AJ 21st and going forward!

5:18 PM  
Anonymous 83TRD said...

It doesn't make any sense though...RYR has no sponsors and few prospects, why would TRB, who have dumped a ton of money into this, give up after one year. There has been a rumor going around the TRB has been planning to buy out RYR and use the points for AJ and BV. Speed has a poor history when it comes to "breaking" news... AJ is the most improved driver out there!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Hey Brian- I heard that too on RaceDay and I wanted to throw something at Jimmy. He has no idea what he is talking about so just ignore him. Sometimes I think Jimmy says things like that to get a reaction even if what he says doesn't make sense.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I need to watch RaceDay.. and I'll come back, but in general, Jimmy is an idiot. Anyway, it makes sense for TRB to buy Yates, everyone knows Yates is going down the tube, and if they "merge" like DEi did, they can 'buy' those starting spots.. I dont really like the idea of buying thier way in but clearly NASCAR is going to make the rules any more fair or logival.. so we have to work around them.. at this point I dont care what they do.. I just wnat to see Brian race.

For the record, I have no idea what is actually happening.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

None of us do Katie, we are just fans, which is short for fanatic! If RYR gets sold, someone will buy them, so might as well be our guys! Great job tonite 84 team!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible? Did I blink? Halfway into the race and ESPN hasn't used the draft track yet!! Is there a New Moon out??

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I agree with you Krystle. Actually tonight was the first time in weeks that I watched RaceDay. I usually avoid it because all of the Speed/Fox announcers have stupid little side shows going on and make all race fans seem like stereotypical stupid redneck.

I really hope TRB buys Yates it will save a few years of my life because of all of these qualifying sessions.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh My Gosh, I wonder if someone was reading this blog? If you look back at the previous messages, this subject was brought up a few times! Hope it’s true.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would be best if you just put DOWN the pipe, and take a step back, and just walk away.

I don't know of any reason why Yates Racing would close shop. They are just trying to get their house in order for next year.

If I'm wrong, than I'm wrong, but I wouldn't count on those points just yet.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

WooHoo! Look at AJ go. Awesome to see him and the 84 team get some credit. Thank you ESPN!

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job AJ!!! A finish in the top fifteen. On to Martinsville.

9:25 PM  
Blogger ncsuredbull said...

Great job AJ! It is good to see when we make the race that it turns into good finishes. Same thing for the 55. The problem is that until more teams quit (not likely), then it will be the Toyota teams knocking each other out now that they are getting things together.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

Great job by the 84 team! Thanks to AJ and the crew we got a little bit of our TRB "fix" tonight. 15th is a pretty good finish. Now, it's on to Martinsville - my qualifying nerves have already begun to nag at me.

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though we knew the #00 would move ahead of #83 it wasn't by much. The #22 team had a good night and Riggs was doing good but again bad luck.
Here is were we sit now in owner points.
34. Bill Davis 22 2,450 -3,430 31
35. Kyle Petty 45 2,411 -3,469 31
36. Glen Wood 21 2,302 -3,578 31
37. James Rocco 10 2,075 -3,805 31
38. Calvin Wells, III 00 2,006 -3,874 31
39. Dietrich Mateschitz 83 1,961 -3,919 31

6:53 AM  
Anonymous gangsta said...

I made A.J. sign my Brian Vickers card Saturday. Maybe because B.V. is so good at 1.5 mile racetracks, B.V.'s skill rubbed off on him. Great job by the #84 team for getting A.J. best career finish!!!

8:56 AM  
Anonymous 83redbullet said...

How was the Club V event? Anyone...anyone, Buehler...

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

Well... what if... Yates is looking for sponsorship, maybe instead of "buying" RYR, Red Bull sponsors the 38 and 28 next year in exchange for transferring their owner points to the 83 and 84. That gives Yates the $$$ they need to run next year, guarantees the 83 and 84 in for the first 5 races, and to boot it puts 4 Red Bull cars in the race every weekend.

Hey... they have 2 teams in F1. Why not NASCAR.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I hear the #88 lost its sponsor and the no. is going to Jr. So if TRB were to purchase RYR they could move the points of the #88 over. This would give TRB three teams which if their plans are to bring in Speed this would fit the bill. Don’t know what would happen to David Gilliland and his points?

10:57 AM  
Anonymous 83redbullet said...

The 88 points will just transfer to the 28, which RYR is runnuing next year. That is, of course, if they are even in operation.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#88 is Dale Jr. new #, no word if the #88 Yates team goes to #28, #90 or something different
NOTE: This is a totally unofficial page compiled by Jayski from many different sources.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Hey everyone,

The Club V event was amazing. I had a great time. They had pit passes for us once we got there, and we got to see the 84 Team hauler and walk around in it with a tour guide. We walked around pit road right before final practice, so they had a lot of drivers and team members out in action. The garage was frantic, but everyone we met was really nice.

Next, everyone hung out in the Energy Station for a bit. The drinks and food were great. For food, they had crab cake, shrimp cocktail, and some spring roll dish. The food was really tasty, and they had incredibly good looking people serving it. The hospitality folks for Red Bull were really friendly and attractive. They'd get you about anything you wanted with a smile.

Before the Busch race, they had a raffle and a meet and greet with Brian. He was really nice and friendly. Phil took pictures of everyone with him, and he was very generous with autographs. He spent a lot of time just walking around and talking to people.

His staff did a great job pulling off a very exciting and fun event. I think everyone had a smile on their face the whole night!

It was nice to finally meet some people on the blog, to associate a face with a name.

As far as the Yates situation, I think Red Bull would be crazy not to get their points. There's no shame in it. There is a lot of difference between starting a team from scratch and buying points, and buying an existing team with points. In the first, you can control quality and build from the ground up, while still having some security from race to race. If Brian had a guaranteed spot in every race this year, and could focus on race setups, he would have had a top 20 year. I think AJ would have easily been top 30. With both teams having points going into next year, the sky is the limit.

I mean, what would the points go for, $10-15 mil for both? Maybe less? I think that is a small price to pay for making all the races, increasing exposure and seat time, and not putting their fans through hell every Friday. This season has cost me a year of my life in stress!

5:57 PM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

I agree with everything Nathan said. The RB people were great to us, I had a great time at the Club V event and appriciate the work done to pull it all together. Very cool to meet alot of you fellow fans too! If you didn't go, you missed a great time!

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Speed's” Wind Tunnel” tonight a guest NASCAR reporter (can't remember his name) said there have been so many rumors about RYR that he doubts this new one with TRB will actually take place. Time will only tell but I agree with Nathan, it would be worth the $$$ to have the owner points and be in the show. There is no shame in doing this since this is the way the game is played; thank you NASCAR. The exposure of being in high profile races like the Daytona 500 is well worth the money.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

For whoever asked about the Club V event, it was cool. I showed up late beacuase I had other stuff going on so I didn't go into the garage with everyone, but the station was a great spot to watch the race, had a good time dancing to music while watching the race. Brian was very good to everyone, Phil too a lot of pictures that I'm sure you all will see soon. :)
And it was nice meeting some other fans.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous 83GIVZUWINGZ said...

Thanks for the up-dates on the Club V event! It sounds awesome! I really wish I could have gone, but hopefully next year! A group of us are working out plans to make it next year, so hopefully they do everything the same as this year it sounded just AMAZING!

As for the whole RYR thing...only time will tell, but I'm good with TRB buying the points---but only time will tell if the rumors are this sport it's ANYONE'S guess! No matter what happens I am a TRB fan!


9:39 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

Jealous. Yep, jealous. That's what I am of all the folks who got to make it to the Club V event. I hope to be there next year.

3:19 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

there's been so many rumors going around, you can't really believe any of them until something official is annouced. I'd rather see the 83 and 84 get points rather than close down those two teams. When Brian gets in, he's good and AJ is improving with every race.

Great job for team 84

6:06 AM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Savannah- You have pretty much summed up how all of us feel about not being about to go to the Club V event. I will be there next year though! Mark my words, I'll be there!

9:14 AM  

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