Friday, June 13, 2008

The Numbers Say It All


It’s Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean luck isn’t on the side of Red Bull Racing Team this weekend at Michigan.

Consider the numbers:

+ Scott Speed, in the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota, took the pole for today’s ARCA race. He was the only driver to eclipse the 185-mph mark, and he starts along Eddie Sharp Racing teammate Justin Lofton.

+ In Brian Vickers’ last trip to 2-mile Michigan, he finished eighth in the No. 83. This could be another opportunity to gain some serious ground on the Chase. He’s only 112 points out of the top 12.

+ BV’s teammate, AJ Allmendinger, has momentum on his side, too. He’s coming off back-to-back eighth-place qualifying efforts and a career-best finish of 12th at Pocono. Also of note is that AJ climbed two spots in the owner standings to 37th. He’s only 140 points out of the top 35.

+ Scott has 100 more laps to race Saturday. He’ll drive Bill Davis Racing’s No. 22 Red Bull Toyota in the Craftsman Truck race.

+ Tune into “Trackside” at 8 tonight to watch AJ chat about the team’s recent success. He’ll visit the Speed set at around 8:30 p.m.

The goings-on at MIS:
Friday
Sprint Cup practice, 11:30 a.m. ET, Speed
Craftsman Truck practice, 1:30 p.m., Speed
Sprint Cup qualifying, 3:10 p.m., Speed
ARCA Wildlife 200, 5:15 p.m., Speed
Saturday
Sprint Cup practice, noon and 1:20 p.m., Speed
Craftsman Truck Cool City 200, 3 p.m., Speed
Sunday
Sprint Cup Lifelock 400, 2 p.m., TNT

13 Comments:

Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Good Luck Boyz in quals.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

83 goes out 24th
84 goes out 46th


Good luck today RBR! WE BELEIVE.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. on when the boyz go out!

Good Luck to both, we know you both can do it!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Curt said...

BV had the 3rd best AVG time of the first practice session.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Rain Rain go away until after quals please

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

actually BV is out 23rd
AJ is out 45th. Only 45 cars qualifying. :)

12:49 PM  
Blogger ncsuredbull said...

Toyota HP should help a lot at Michigan.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Qualifying has been cancelled due to rain. BV will start 18th and AJ will start 39th.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Hazleton Jason said...

I know AJ has been killing it in quals and could've gotten him a top 20 run, but rain locked him in the show, and I'm Ok with that-

You don't make up points to the top 35 in qualifying!! Go AJ!

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BV is due for a win.

Isn't it funny that all the other nascar teams seem to have all these side issues going on right now, and all RBR has to worry about is actually racing.

Good Luck boys!

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some more numbers.
I thought it was pretty cool.

BV at the top.

STATISTICS FROM NASCAR.COM

2008/2007 DRIVER RANK/POINTS COMPARISON
As of Race # 14

DRIVER 2008 RANK 2007 RANK +/- 2008POINTS 2007 POINTS +/-

Brian Vickers 17 38 21 1502 783 719Kasey Kahne 9 28 19 1719 1230 489
David Reutimann 25 43 18 1289 537 752
David Ragan 13 26 13 1607 1235 372
Greg Biffle 7 19 12 1781 1412 369
Paul Menard 27 39 12 1252 744 508
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 14 11 1939 1531 408
David Gilliland 23 34 11 1361 1123 238
Kyle Busch 1 10 9 2084 1613 471
Dave Blaney 29 37 8 1150 873 277
Jeff Burton 2 5 3 2063 1828 235
Carl Edwards 4 7 3 1856 1710 146
Scott Riggs 33 36 3 1086 1035 51
Juan Montoya 20 21 1 1439 1332 107
Robby Gordon 30 31 1 1141 1166 -25
Kevin Harvick 10 9 -1 1690 1648 42
Ryan Newman 14 13 -1 1604 1564 40
Denny Hamlin 5 3 -2 1800 2002 -202
Jimmie Johnson 6 4 -2 1799 1944 -145
Bobby Labonte 19 17 -2 1455 1446 9
Clint Bowyer 11 8 -3 1679 1659 20
Casey Mears 26 23 -3 1278 1309 -31
Martin Truex Jr. 16 11 -5 1558 1597 -39
Kurt Busch 21 16 -5 1437 1454 -17
Tony Stewart 12 6 -6 1614 1733 -119
Jeff Gordon 8 1 -7 1767 2249 -482
Jamie McMurray 22 15 -7 1368 1487 -119
Reed Sorenson 32 25 -7 1118 1244 -126
Elliott Sadler 28 20 -8 1222 1367 -145
Joe Nemechek 37 29 -8 680 1214 -534
Kyle Petty 41 33 -8 540 1126 -586
Mark Martin 24 12 -12 1349 1586 -237
Matt Kenseth 15 2 -13 1580 2007 -427
J.J. Yeley 36 18 -18 842 1425 -583

Overview
This is a comparison of how drivers are performing in 2008 compared to 2007 after race No. 14. To be eligible a driver must have raced in 50 percent of the races this year and last as of race No. 14.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ did a great job on Trackside Live! You can tell how much his confidence level has gone up. I think we are going to see alot more great runs from him now. Things are really starting to look up for this team and RB as a whole. Its so exciting to watch them grow and be a fan!!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Curt said...

Here's a cool prediction about BV winning this weekend;

http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=3438072

I agree, this will be the weekend that the #83 wins. BV is the Eliminator >:)

8:44 PM  

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