Saturday, March 08, 2008

Speed's First Time Truckin'

Red Bull driver Scott Speed made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning 27th in the No. 46 Red Bull truck. The stock-truck rookie had no qualms “throwing himself off the deep end,” knocking out three firsts – his first NCTS run, first night race, and first time lapping a 1.5-mile speedway.


“It took me a couple laps to get my truck sorted and race-ready, but as soon as I got going, it was a crash course in learning how the truck handles running in traffic with a pack of other Trucks," Speed said. "It was so cool to race these guys hard, but also cool to watch the more experienced drivers just pick off trucks through the field. It was such a different experience from anything I’ve ever done before, but I’m always different. Come on, I had white hair three months ago.”


Up next in the Speed Report: NCTS race at Martinsville Speedway on March 29.

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ should be in this ride. He is a better driver with more personality than this guy. How can AJ learn anything by sitting out the truck race, the Nationwide race and the Cup race? Everything that AJ should have had last year and this year Red Bull is giving to Speed. How about putting AJ in the car after its qualified by Skinner. He needs the seat time.

Keep your head up AJ...you are a great race car driver and you will be in a ride soon. Maybe you need to be with a team that really knows how to develop drivers. Red Bull seems to not know what they're doing. They know that Speed needs to have more experience in other venues, but don't seem to know that you need the same. Its so frustrating for us to watch and I'm sure for you its even worse. We love you AJ!

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about giving AJ that truck ride in Martinsville? I know it was Scoot's first race, but he did finish 3 laps down. Give AJ a ride!!!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about Speed? If RBR is going to have a truck entered it should AJ as the driver!!!! I don't get this. I saw where Speed said he has a cup ride waiting for him...is this the 84 or maybe the 83? Big mistake if this happends.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just my opinion..but still. We don't have inside access to what's going on with the teams. We don't know what the plans are, or whatever, what strategies they are working with...we can sit here and complain all we want because RBRT isn't doing things the way we want, but honestly...it's their organization and I think they are running things how they feel will have the best results in the long run. I will support whatever RBRT driver is on the track. I love BV, AJ and Scott, and I'm not in the position to tell them how to run their organization. I doubt many here are.

As for this blog, I will continue checking it for RBRT news, but I think I'm pretty much done reading the comments.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Curt said...

I'm getting REALLY sick of you guys flaming Scott Speed. Scott Speed could've done the same thing in 2006, to jump in the Cup series, but instead he chose to take the baby-steps of stock car racing. everything Scott has done so far, he has EARNED it, with no short-cuts. AJ made a mistake to go into Cup with his lack of experience AND YOU GUYS KNOW THAT. a couple of truck series races are not enough.

stop whining about AJ not having a ride. Red Bull is working on it. there is no reason to believe that AJ deserves a truck ride more than Scott does. and stop whining about Red Bull not having a team for the Nationwide series. don't they already have too much to worry about in the Cup series?

anyways. I watched the race and Scott did okay for his first time., tough luck when he thought he had a tire go down. I'm optimistic about his stock-car racing career. Scott Speed will make it. he needs a better ride than the #46 though.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Great job Scott! Just keep learning...

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't act like Team Red Bull is the only team that does "business" this way. They're not starting a trend by doing what they are.

Here's the bottom line, to get money to keep funding the teams, they need to be in the races, and after one full season, they expect both teams to be in the races every week.

And don't say AJ hasn't had seat time, he gets the same advantage every other driver gets which is a practice before the race. Not to mention preseason tests and in season testing at certain tracks. This was a performance issue and some people here are pointing the blame at the wrong people.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

I just learned that Mike Skinner will be in the 84 car for 4 races. Damn

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of the situation AJ's in I personally don't care for Scott Speed!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My opinion:

Hindsight is always 20-20. Everyone at RBR probably learned from what happened both last year and so far this year with AJ & the 84 team. They're trying to correct the problems with the 84 and not let last year happen with Scott. They're also most likely doing what they can with trying to get AJ a ride in one or both of the other series - it's just that the teams (this goes for ALL teams) can't always say what's going on behind the scenes for whatever the reason may be. Patience - everything will work itself out. AJ will be back in the 84 as soon as things are sorted out. Scott Speed probably does have a ride in line - just a 3rd team and NOT YET. It's way too soon after last year's fiasco - he's not ready and RBR as a whole most likely isn't ready for a 3rd team.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Suzie said...

I really wish the rabid AJ fans would calm down a bit. I'm more of a BV fan, and I have been since he crashed Dale Junior at 'Dega, but I like AJ too. Regardless, you can't just find a quality ride and shove someone into it in a few weeks time. AJ was awesome in preseason testing so no one expected him to start missing races.

We need Skinner in the 84 for several weeks, guys. Neither car is where it needs to be in either race trim OR qualifying trim. We're better than being the last cars in and then being trapped a lap down for a whole race, and we're not going to improve with AJ right now.

Just back away for a bit and calm down. AJ wasn't going to be running for the championship this year anyway.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...

This was the by far the most gratifying day I've ever had as a Team Red Bull fan. To be the last one in, run 25th fastest in practice, get the lucky dog twice.

We had an awesome car today. Although people were probably cruising at the end, we had the fastest car. (I have trackpass and watch BV run around in circles all day) To be locked in is an amazing feeling and has totally given a rebirth to my fandom in NASCAR.

Amazing job Hamlin and Vickers, this is truly a great day for Team Red Bull.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway! Congratulations go out to BV and the entire 83 Red Bull Racing crew. You guys rocked today! Going 1 lap down twice, to be able to battle for a Top 10 finish. Also, did you guys see the points? The 83is in the Top 10. WooHoo! Awesome job guys! Let's get ready to tame Bristol.

WE BELIEVE!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Curt said...

woooo!!! 9th place finish! way to go #83 team. very awesome to see you guys 9th in points! damn I am so proud. Championship CONTENDER!! =D

keep up the hard work, cuz it's really paying off!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Great day RBRT!!!!!!! What a long way yall have come in 1 year!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

Vickers also led a lap for five bonus points!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Way to go Vickers and the whole 83 team. No matter what happens next week Vickers is locked in the top 35. But don't let that slow you down we are in the chase as of now!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Nimbus said...

Way to go vickers and the 83 team, skinner did a good job too keeping the #84 in the race and in the top 30. Also good job to Scott Speed for a good finish. Scott definitely has skill and we will see him in cup in no time..

This is going to be Red Bull's year for sure.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Great run for the #83 today. Top ten finish and top ten in points!!! Should be locked in the top 35 even if we miss the Bristol race. Glad to be a Vickers fan today!!! What an amazing performance!!

Also a solid trouble free race for Skinner and the #84.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if BV is going to have any appearances next weekend at Bristol?

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job by everyone on both teams. Brian & the 83 got a top 10 & Skinner & the 84 team are still figureing each other out, but great job to all. Kenny Wallace & Jimmy Spencer were spreading the love around on NASCAR Victory Lane tonight saying that BV & the 83 team are the "story of the year." I agree whole heartedly.
(Oh, and by the way: If for whatever reason BV misses the race next weekend at Bristol, no worries - he'll still be in the top 35 in owners points and locked into the race at Martinsville. Thank goodness!!)

6:14 PM  
Blogger nicole83 said...

I'm so proud of Brian and the 83 team. Y'all never gave up and got the first top-10 of the year. All the trials we went through last year makes this much more sweeter. If we're this happy now, wait and see what we'll do with a WIN!!!!

Great job BV!!!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

yesterday was the most fun day being a TRB fan. Brian did a hell of a job, keep up the awesome work everyone!

It was great seeing a Toyota win a race, all though I had hoped the first one would be BV. But I'm loving the fact that the Toyotas are really starting to get everything worked out.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

The #27 BDR entry has suspended operations. One less team to compete with for qualifying!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep Skinner in the #84 the whole season.
Great job Brian and team #83

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Broken Robot said...

It's a shame Red Bull has wasted so much time and money...

http://www.speed51.com/2008_Stories/Mods_WMT/Santos_Feature_3_13.html

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Broken Robot said...

http://www.speed51.com/2008_Stories/Mods_WMT/Santos_Feature_3_13.html

11:21 PM  

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