Saturday, May 17, 2008

Checkers or Wreckers?


The calm, level-headedness of No. 84 crew chief Rick Viers is in stark contrast to the personality of his driver, AJ Allmendinger. The two share a common goal — transfer into the All-Star Race through tonight’s Sprint Showdown — but have differing opinions on how to get there.

“Under our conditions, we need to qualify well and run well and not worry about balls out, the no-matter-what type of attitude,” Viers said. “If we’re on the last lap racing for the lead, that’s different. But right now, we’ve got to complete the race and get as much information for the 600 as we can, because that’s what’s really important.”

AJ, when asked the same question, shot back: “Run hard and either get in or wreck big.”

Brian Vickers accomplished the feat in question in 2005, when he sent Mike Bliss spinning in the closing laps of the last-chance race. Brian went on. Bliss went home.

“I don’t know about the win or wreck part,” Brian said. “Obviously, it’s an all-out situation with winner take all. I don’t know if I want to wreck big. Wrecking big in this sport is not very fun.”

For tonight’s 40-lap Sprint Showdown (7:30 p.m. ET), Brian’s No. 83 Red Bull Toyota rolls off outside of polesitter Elliott Sadler, with AJ’s No. 84 tucked in behind in fourth. The All-Star race follows not long after.

Speed blurb: “Transmission” is listed as the culprit that knocked Scott Speed out of Friday night’s Craftsman Truck race at LMS. He kept flirting with the top 10 and reached it at lap 100. The knockout came seven laps later. No rest for Scott, though. An ARCA race awaits Sunday in Toledo, Ohio, where he starts fourth.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Ashley said...

Good luck in the Showdown tonight boys!!! You can do it!! :)

9:47 AM  
Blogger Curt said...

RBRT finishes better than they qualify. Smoke 'em tonight, guys.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I just probably hit the clicker on my computer about a thousand times voting AJ in. Even if he doesnt get in through the vote, hopefully he will finish in the top 2 with BV there as well. Tha'd be fantastic! lol

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Vickers wins first segement....hang in there buddy, we can do it....lets get that transfer.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME RUN AJ!!!!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

A.J. Wins the showdown! Good job boys!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, and AJ won the second segment. AJ is in the Nascar ALLSTAR. I guess I should of focused my thousand votes on BV instead :(

Anyways, BV had the fastest car out there, just no track position and I dont think he would of pitted if he didnt think his tire was going down. Oh well... AJ IS IN THE ALLSTAR! lol

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent run for AJ...

Why did Vickers pit so late at "half time"?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Run for AJ... I think BV had a tire going down and had to pit...

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the 83 came in! This was a go for broke race, track position was everything. There was nothing to indicate the tire was going down. I would have delt with it when it actually happend.

Good job AJ!

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

kahne voted in. i want to rip someones head off im so angry!

5:38 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

YEAH!!! Great job AJ!! Really wanted to see Brian get back up there and take 2nd but at least we have one RB car in the race! Now go out there and win that race, AJ!!! So excited!!

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BV came in because they thought they had an issue with one of the tires. They were cussing and discussing whether or not to come in on the radio.

KCMO

5:47 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

oh well....atleast the "Dinger" got in it...kick ass AJ.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go AJ! Im so happy for him. It stinks that Brian didnt get in because of a tire problem, but when you think about it, both AJ and Brian now got their first cup victories in the Showdown.

Good luck to AJ in the All Star Race!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! Great job, AJ!!! Thanks for getting in so we could see our kid on the All Star stage. Good luck in the All Star.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BV, Lets go win the coke cola 600 next week so your in the all star race next year!!!!!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Job AJ, I knew you could do it! It's awesome that you and your team got to share this together on the All Star Stage! I know this will be a turn around for you and we will be celebrating many more victories in the future!!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Curt said...

AJ did what he had to do, gotta be proud of him. I really loved it when AJ and BV were battling for the lead in the first half. it really was a track position race.

BV will win the Coke 600. He will make it up to his pit crew. They deserve a victory.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations AJ! It was an awesome win! We look for many more. Keep that momentum going!

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job to AJ and crew, and great call from Ricky! I wish it could have been a Red Bull one / two finish. But AJ is my guy, and congrats to him on Red Bull's first Sprint Cup win!

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome job in the Showdown race A.J.!!! You just have to believe in yourself and that awesome pit crew you have and things will turn around. It has been a great week for Red Bull with the 83 crew winning the challenge and A.J. showing his stuff. It was nice to finally see the 84 crew get some acknowledgement for their hard work too.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is really refreshing to hear how the 84 pit crew helped the 83 pit crew in the challenge. Congrats 83 crew!!!! It shows what they think of each other. Red Bull is continuing to improve and with their positive attitude they will be on top winning races soon.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Proud to say I was there for AJ's 1st Cup win! Congratulations AJ and the 84 team.

11:01 PM  

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