Thursday, March 13, 2008

Truckin', "Bama"-style

Looks like Brian Vickers isn't the only wheel-man on the #83 crew. The team's quick start to the 08 season is even happening outside of NASCAR Sprint Cup races.

Hauler driver Mike "Bama" Williams recently participated in Round 1 the "Freightliner 2008 Run Smart Challenge" in Las Vegas - and won! The race was open to all NASCAR Sprint Cup hauler drivers, of which 32 participated. The drivers manuevered around a course of cones set up on the front stretch of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, gaining (and losing) points along the way. They were tested on skills such as parallel parking and backing up around curves, losing points for knocking down cones, gaining points for skill and speed.

In case you are wondering, they did not use the actual race haulers - since that could really cause some problems for the team! Instead, each hauler driver demonstrated their skills using Freightliner’s Coronado model.

The challenge is not over yet, though. The drivers will compete in four other races throughout the year - twice at Lowe's Motor Speedway, once at Chicagoland Speedway and once at Kansas Speedway. The ultimate goal - win the 1st place prize of $35,000.00 - plus bragging rights throughout the Cup garage for a year. Bama won Round 1 with a time of 4:13, and secured 490 points.

We will keep you posted on his progress throughout the season.


Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Looks like Red Bull has taken over Morgan-Dollar Motorsports :-) For all you whiners, AJ was in the 47 truck for the Martinsville test along with SS in the 46. AJ threw down the 8th fastest lap.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Bama, lets keep Red Bull Racing in the news!
This is our year to shine! (or have wings) Good job for AJ in the truck, get some seat time so you can be back in the 84. Good luck tomorrow in qualifying!!!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They'll need a lot of luck - looks like Mother Nature might rear her ugly head all weekend. Rain is in the National Weather Service's forecast for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Of course, they said it was supposed to rain here in KC today and it never did, so we'll all just have to see...

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job "Bama". We are proud of you. Keep up the good work. We're praying for you.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is qualifying....does any one know when Brian and Mike go out?

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skinner goes out 41st
BV goes out 44th

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

36 44 * Dale Jarrett
37 49 * Ken Schrader
38 10 * Patrick Carpentier
39 78 * Joe Nemechek F
40 2 * Kurt Busch
41 84 * Mike Skinner
42 21 * Jeff Green
43 55 * Michael Waltrip
44 83 * Brian Vickers
45 00 * David Reutimann
46 34 * John Andretti T

12:22 PM  
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