Richmond Whips the Red Bulls
For most of Saturday night, Brian Vickers doubted his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota would even see the finish of the Dan Lowry 400.
No series of adjustments could cure the No. 83’s tight condition, and when Paul Menard’s No. 15 pinched Brian into the turn-four wall on lap 219 the car’s handling, which BV admitted was already abysmal, got that much worse with right-front and steering damage.
“I don’t know what happened to change the car’s handling so much from practice Friday to the race tonight, but something was off big-time,” said Brian, who slipped to 17th in points after a 28th-place finish at Richmond. “The car was extremely tight all day, and nothing we tried corrected the problem. It was too tight to even be racing with other cars. I purposely hung back at one point to avoid causing an accident.”
Tight was a term often used by AJ Allmendinger, too. He completed only 259 of 410 laps after a run-in with rookie Michael McDowell. AJ finished 39th.
“I haven’t caught a break yet, but I keep trying every weekend and I’m not going to give up,” said AJ’s crew chief, Rick Viers. “When I do catch a break, it’s going to be a big one — it’s going to be in victory lane. It’s like catching fish. You go after the ‘Big One.’”