Sunday, April 27, 2008

Plate Race Serves Up a Top Five

Brian Vickers spun all by lonesome leaving pit road early in the Aaron’s 499. When he tested the high line in the closing laps, nobody followed. And he finished with a naked rear end!

But in typical Talladega fashion, it all added up to Red Bull Racing Team’s first top-five finish of the season. Brian, whose No. 83 Red Bull Toyota led four laps Sunday, climbed three spots to 16th in the driver standings. He’s 35 points out of the top 12.

On a lap 62 pit stop, Brian looped the No. 83 “trying to dodge an official and not hit the 20 (Tony Stewart).” He restarted deep in the pack, and during his ascent the car lost its rear-end cover in a close encounter.

“As soon as a caution finally fell and the field tightened up again, we immediately got after it,” Brian said. “The caution at the end of the race hurt us. I really think we would have had a chance at the win.”

Teammate AJ Allmendinger, showing off the silver No. 84 in his return race, played it safe in the back after a career-best starting position of fourth. He cracked the top 15 midway through the race and led a lap before a last-lap tractor beam of spinning cars sucked AJ in and sent the No. 84 home in 30th.


Blogger Kristin said...

Talladega was awesome! Probably one of the best races I've seen live there in a VERY long time. Thanks BV and AJ for making it fun. So glad AJ has a silver car now. It's definitly easier to see. Congrats on a Top 5 BV. Welcome Back AJ. We've missed you. Let's get ready for Richmond. Good luck at the test in Iowa, Brian. Hopefully you guys learn something to take with you.

8:57 PM  
Blogger ncsuredbull said...

Hello of a job for the 83. If they had a chance to come back a the line he may have even gotten the win.

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

congrats on the top 5 to Brian and the 83 team. it's great to see AJ back behind the wheel

6:44 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Wooohoooo!!! Great run for BV yesterday! Loved the 5th place finish! Hated to see AJ in that at the end! That silver 84 looked awesome out on the track!!

7:15 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Great day for the team...but not sure how AJ finished all the way in 30th. Looked like he made a great save to me.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job everyone!! AJ made a heck of a save at the end and BV did a great job all day long!

Can't wait for next weekend at Richmond! Let's get'em boys!


1:50 PM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

Only 46 cars entered for this weeks richmond race, so A.J. has an even better chance to make it. Great Talladega run BV, Aj ran great too if it wasnt for the accident he would have had a top 20 finish. Good luck this week TRB!

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

83Fanatic...AJ hit someone in the accident...broke something and couldn't move the car. He got one lap behind because he couldn't get past the checkered. Hope that clears up his 30th place finish.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to curt--
thanks for posting bv on trackside on youtube.
much appreciated--

2:19 PM  

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