Sunday, March 16, 2008

Getting Medieval on Your …

The folks in Formula One scoff at the tools of the trade in NASCAR. Little do they know, however, that some of these medieval-looking items work wonders at places like Bristol Motor Speedway, where contact between automobiles is the norm rather than the exception.

Mike Metcalf, the catch-can man for Red Bull Racing’s No. 83 team, was kind enough to take a moment out of a busy Sunday morning to break down what the F1 paddock can’t fathom ever using during competition. But these tools are essential to surviving 500 laps around the Bristol bullring.

+ Two mechanical saws (replacement blades included). Instead of repairing damage, get rid of it because there is no time to waste when rivals are turning 16-second laps.

+ Rubber tie downs. For times when the nose and rear end are hanging on for dear life.

+ An assortment of hammers. Some big, some small. Some rubber, some wooden. Can’t have a tire rub.

+ Two 26-inch, 16-ounce Easton bats. As Metcalf described, “They’ve seen better days.”

Tune into Fox Sports at 2 p.m. ET for the Food City 500.

(By the way, in the season-opening F1 race in Australia, Sebastien Bourdais finished seventh in his debut with Scuderia Toro Rosso. The other Seb — Sebastian Vettel — failed to complete a lap after a first-corner incident, as did Mark Webber in the Red Bull Renault. David Coulthard retired after 25 laps.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everyone, just herd on nascar serious radio on my way back from my buddies house that A.J. will be back in the car for Pheniox.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Lets hope for a better day in Bristol than RB had in Australia!

9:47 AM  
Blogger RedBull83Fan said...

Let's hope that RBRT doesn't have to use any of those today. Good luck 83 team!!!:)

(oh yeah, and the 84!)

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the Red Bull pit crews stretching on Speed's NACAR RaceDay. Looking good!!! Good luck today to both the 83 & 84 teams.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...that was really strange seeing the 84 car on fire...wonder what happened?

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

you guys ever think we need a message board???

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#@*&% -- The 84 was having a great points day until that fire. At least they are back out now. Can someone from RBRT tell us what happened since the guys at Fox won't?

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Skinner stacked up and busted the oil cooler. info from fox.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodyear couldn't build a good tire to save their lives.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

Damn Vickers wrecked

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Curt said...

yea Nick, I think we need a message board too.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last two races are not helping the 84s cause of getting in the top 35.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least he is in there making points...better than going home on sundays

4:12 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

tough day ... but that is Bristol...enjoy the week off RBRT.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We still ran okay today. BV was in like 20th, which is better than we usually do at Bristol.

I don't think Skinner is helping.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't think Skinner is helping? Are you fricking serious? That car has made both races Mike has attempted to qualify at. That is a HUGE improvement over the previous driver. He is also working with A.J. like he agreed to do. His lap times were right there with Brian all day, but because the field was set by points, Mike started last, and that is a kiss of death at Bristol.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...


I think we need a message board bad...communicating via this blog is ok, but it sucks sometimes...

7:51 PM  
Anonymous used car donation said...

yes, i agree with you all. we need board to discuss more...

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand the logic in not getting AJ in a truck or National car. To put him back in the #84 is not helping the situation. He needs seat time to develop, not ready for cup car yet.

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ and BV both have message boards thru forums.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everybody so quick to lay blame on the drivers. Maybe what this shows is that the problems are deeper than either AJ or Mike. First its AJs not ready - take him out and then Skinner cant get the job done. Its not always the driver.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Changes at Red Bull, Labbe? Guenther Steiner is no longer the director of competition for Team Red Bull. Officially, Steiner is on "vacation." However, sources close to the team say he's gone and there's been no replacement named. It's all part of the shakeup underway at the team now that Jay Frye has been put in charge. I [Yahoo's Bob Margolis] also hear that Slugger Labbe could be on his way over to Red Bull to be reunited with Frye.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous mouse said...

I really enjoyed this post. Who needs multi-million dollar F1 technology when you've got baseball bats! :o)

I like the message board idea, but I'm not sure that'll work. Half the time we can't even get along on the

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, red bull needs a message board!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Curt said...

lol very true, Mouse.

the message board was just a suggestion by Nick. i like the idea. I'm not complaining about the blog, I always enjoy reading each post, they're great.

9:59 PM  

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