Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

In the closing stages of Sunday's Pocono 500, crew chief Kevin Hamlin opted not to pit during a lap 178 caution period. The No. 83 stayed out, and on older tires maintained the lead until Kasey Kahne passed Brian Vickers with 15 laps to go.

Still, the No. 83 finished second and earned Red Bull Racing Team’s best finish. The quick thinking and strategy gave Hamlin the title of WYPALL Wipers crew chief of the race.

“Kevin made all the right calls,” Brian admitted Tuesday, “and it paid off with the team’s best finish. He, and we, deserve it.”

Kevin earned a cool $1,000 upon his return to Michigan. He’s from Kalamazoo — a mere 80 miles from Brooklyn.

Kevin leads Red Bull Racing Team’s strong race-day contingent from the Wolverine State. AJ’s spotter, former driver Tim Fedewa, hails from Holt. And over-the-wall crewmen Jake Brzozowski (rear tire carrier, No. 83) and Andrew Turner (jackman, No. 84) are natives of Sterling Heights and Coloma, respectively.


Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Totally the right call, without the following caution, we would be celebrating the first of mayny victories for RBRT. Still, the best finish ever for the team, and a great call KH!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

It was definitly the right call. If Kyle wouldn't have spun, we would have been celebrating in VL. It will be a great welcome home for all the Michigan boys this weekend. Good luck!

By the way, the deleted comment on Monday's blog was from me. I made a double post, don't know how it happened. Didn't want people to think someone was coming here and starting problems.


2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Kevin Hamlin for being named the Wypall Crew Chief of the Race. Good Job! Guess someone thought he made the right decision!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous bvlovin83 said...

Way to go Kevin. Way to make the call. We woulda shoulda been in celebrating in Victory Lane if it wasn't for that late race caution. Red Bulls first win will be right around the corner here soon.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 83 needed that caution. if they had not of gotton it they might have ran out of gas. the 84 would have had a top 10 if not for that caution

9:18 PM  
Anonymous fagblaster said...

seriously wtf would you change the team name from TRB after only one year.. The new name is seriously lame.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fagblaster....GET OVER IT... start your own team and call it whatever you want...who cares what people call it...as long as there is still a team

7:09 AM  
Blogger Orato: Latin for "I Speak" said...

I spoke to jack man Shaun Peet, and he told me what the second place finish meant to him:

Team Red Bull Almost Gets Its Wings

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fagblaster is a troll. ignore him.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

anon, the 83 did not need the last caution they were set to go the rest of the way along with the 88 and 24.

3:23 PM  

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