Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Vegas Line

Two hours to post time in Las Vegas. Place your bets.

If you’re a betting man – or woman – and want some action on Brian Vickers and Red Bull Racing Team’s No. 83, you better look to “the field.” Vickers is lumped in the “any other driver” category and sits at 50-1 to win today’s UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Should Vickers, who rolls off 43rd, find his way to the front when the checkered flag falls, an $83 bet, for example, would net $4,150. Not a bad payday.

The favorites? Jeff Gordon 5-1, Kyle Busch 6-1, Carl Edwards 6-1, Jimmie Johnson 6-1, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7-1 and Matt Kenseth 7-1.
Tune into Fox Sports for the green flag at 4:30 p.m. ET.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry no money on this one.

If only the 83 team could have gotten the Luck Dog! All those cars he was racing for it Kane, Hamlin, Mears, Kvapil, finished in the top 10. Good news is they only dropped one position in the point standings to 12th. Still a great position to be in after the 3rd race! Better luck next week.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Considering they got spun, that was an OK day...hope you guys get a little break somewhere here, with the test coming up. Keep up the good work RBRT! The Hamlin and Frye hires are looking good to me!

5:53 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

I am so proud of the 83 team right now! They stuck it out and got that car working pretty well! Brian is getting REALLY good at the spinning and not hitting anything! The hard work is paying off and sitting 12th in points is a great way to start the season!!!

Definitely glad to have Jay Frye and Kevin Hamlin our team! :)

Have a Great test @ Phoenix! AND get some rest before Atlanta! Y'all deserve it!!!


6:39 PM  
Anonymous Suzie said...

Las Vegas is a pretty tight track, and then with the weather changes thrown in there, it's sort of like the North Carolina of intermediate tracks. The Toyota engine program has issues at tracks like that. Fortunately, we should kick total ass in Atlanta, with the high RPMs. Hopefully the guys can get both cars in the race next week.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Behind AJ?!? What's with this article.;_ylt=AsRrUdo9dkWee.CQz.C8FZHov7YF?slug=ap-nascar-lasvegasnotebook&prov=ap&type=lgns Give AJ Scott's ride!!

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Can't believe this. If they pull AJ, I would like to see David Stremme and not Scott Speed. Stremme is young with experience. Not the old guys and not someone like Speed who has less experience of AJ. Hopefully AJ will get some seat time in the Nationwide series and get that needed experience.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That article had better not be true!! If they remove A.J. from the 84, then they're basically admitting they're just giving up on him, when all the blame cannot be put solely on him if you ask me!!

A.J.'s got only about a year under his belt, you need to keep working on it together...AS A TEAM!! Share notes with Brian's team and work together, maybe start shifting a bit more focus on A.J. instead, but don't just immediately consider letting him go; he's capable of good things, the last few races last year, the Duels this year, should show that he has the capabilities of great things.

I really hope this doesn't happen, otherwise I may just denounce my loyalty as a fan of Red Bull Racing. This news really has me bothered if you can't tell. =(

10:06 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Wow, guess we pick and choose what we read and believe. I think we can all agree AJ was rushed, so how can RBRT figure out if it is the cars or the driver when AJ does not have the experiance a Jonny Benson has? Do you all really think a JB or a Skinner would be a long term solution for RBRT? You just aren't thinking it through.

5:01 AM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

We love u AJ!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Ya, did everyone miss in the article too that RBRT is trying to get AJ a ride in the Nationwide and Trucks series with Gibbs, Ganassi, or Ballew. Its just not easy to find a ride for someone after the year starts because of sponsorship deals. Hopefully AJ can get some seat time in the other series' and start making the cup race, but if not I have to agree with Jay Frye.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Also if they do have to replace AJ (hopefully not). I hope they go with Stremme he has experience with dealing with the top 35 rule and has raced into the top 35.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the way I interpreted that article:

They're going to keep AJ around, but he won't be driving the cup car. They're wanting to get someone behind the wheel who can qualify for the races (a more experienced driver) and then they would put AJ back in the 84 once that car is safely in the top 35. (i.e. what the Wood Brothers attepmted with Bill Elliott and Kenny Schrader last year) I also think that since they're trying to get him a ride in one of the other series, they're not giving up - they know he can do the job, he just doesn't have enough seat time yet.

But, that's the way I read and understood that article.

7:06 AM  
Blogger nicole83 said...

Yesterday was another wild one and BV did a great job of never giving up. He was so close to getting his lap back. Still, the 83 team is doing great in the points.

Good luck at testing!

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put Ward Burton in A J Car i think he can make the Field.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand that they are trying to find AJ a ride, but they found rides for Scott Speed easily. Why not give AJ the two truck races Scott is supposed to be in coming up? Hopefully testing will show that AJ has the talent to be here and they go to Atlanta and both BV and AJ make the race!!

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RBR is not giving up on AJ! They know in order to make any headway and figure out what is going on, they need to put someone else in the car. AJ needs the seat time, running in Nationwide or Truck will beneifit him greatly, as it did last year.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you look at these drivers (including AJ) coming over from open wheel, it just goes to show racing one of these stock cars isn’t an easy task. Even with all the experience they have it doesn’t transfer into this series.
My opinion is Red Bull didn’t do AJ any favors bringing him in green last year with a new team, two different types of cars, new manufacture and having to qualify for races. What were they thinking? It’s a very completive, top notch series and only the best do well. AJ definitely needs seat time and when he gets it he will be a force to recon with. In the mean time bring in Stremme and get this 84 into the show.

Two more races for the 83 and they’ll be locked in! (As long as they make the race). Good luck this week RBRT!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they want to shake down Allmendinger's ride and crew, I can't think of a better veteren driver than Sterling Marlin to work the bugs out. Last year he was the only driver to qualify on time EVERYTIME with GINN. He doesn't have much to work with this year with the 09 car. Jay Frye definately knows Marlin's capabilities.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine W Burton doing much better. He had a hard time last yr getting his own car in the field and more to the point keeping it in the race.
I don't understand the lack of patience here. I know we are 3 races into the season but AJ got into races at the end of the season last yr that BV didn't make.
He just needs his confidence boosted and opportunity. This information can't help his confidence level at all. And this comes from a pretty strictly BV fan, AJ has just sort of come with the package for me. But this seems unfair. He has actually only got to try for 1 race so far.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon people.

The problem with the 84 not getting in is NOT AJ...!

As has been said a million times already, the real source of the problem is NASCAR's inept qualifying system.

AJ should stay put.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So maybe the 84 does need some help but AJ doesn't need to come out of the car. The only way he will learn and "get it" is to stay in the car. Bring in somebody like maybe Sterling, but to teach him and show him, not to temporarily replace him. Isn't this what they did with Mark Martin before? He helped teach and bring along drivers. That is what AJ needs besides just seat time and confidence.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Jason Lyman said...

The idea of removing AJ from the car is completely RBR mistake. Here is why...
Mainly and the #1 reason is this:
What has RBR done to get him seat time? Nothing much, Why doesn't RBR have a nationwide series team? That series is having a hard time getting full fields as it is? Instead of finding rides with Ganassi or whoever else, put AJ in a RBR car, with Ricky Viers as the crew chief and run 75% of the schedule there! They could do the same for Scott Speed when he is ready to move up to the cup series. Then AJ would have 2x times the seat time, and he would get to RACE-what a concept!!! All the while leave him in the 84... Soon the top 35 in points is going to be deluded with struggling teams like Kyle Petty and other has beens, and Kurt Busch will be in the top 35 and Dale Jarrett will be retired, so it will be easier for him to qualift. He is only 210 points out of #35 spot without qualifying for a race yet... He could make that up in a month!!! I disagree with this very,very much! If you want to develop your driver DO IT YOURSELF!!!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Curt said...

no. it's a good call. give AJ more seat time. i'm sick of not seeing him race. the best case scenario for AJ would be a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing. he will have teammates that are right now DOMINATING the series. he can learn so much.

I want the best for AJ, I agree with Jay Frye 100%. it would be a bigger risk to not take a risk at all. I hope it will all work in the end.

I'm still a big AJ fan. and I'm now a Jay Frye fan.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the #84 needs a prooven Toyota Champ and to date in Na$car There's only one Todd Bodine.Long term I think he's commited to Germain Racing but short term it seams obvious, A Great thing for All involved Red Bull,Toyota & Todd B.if you really think about it..

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd Bodine?
You must be joking.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not complaining, but will there be video clips after each race like last year on the red bull site? Kind of missing those. Would be great to see clips of BV with skydive and stunt plane.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

put in mike skinner. he'd drive the wheels off a soapbox derby car to qualify for races.

all skinner cares about is going fast.

it's not as if aj is the problem 100%, but it's hard to argue that he isn't part of the problem. those of you saying AJ isn't at fault, but team red bull is for not getting him seat time are pretty much saying...aj doesn't have the necessary experience to compete at a high level in the sprint series.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the sky diving video is on youtube. search for Brian Vickers.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from testing in AZ. AJ was in 12 place and Brian was in 28th. There was still alot of testing to go but AJ was doing GREAT when I left!!! :)

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not joking at all,Have you payed any attention to the trucks at all for the past 3 yrs? Which by the way,many drivers say drive much like the COT. Todd has 5 Poles in cup and he's never been in a well funded car. I'm convinced Todd Bodine is the man to get that #84 in and run up with the frontrunners.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Curt said...

i just heard that Mike Skinner will be in the #84 this week. a friend told me that NASCAR Now on ESPN reported this.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the skydive on youtube, kind of wanted to see more of it, like the landing.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Todd Bodine? Really!?

5:11 PM  

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