Red Bull's Best Weekend
Not-so-fresh rubber was all that separated the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota from victory. A late caution was all that kept the No. 84 from its first top-10 finish. But second place isn’t bad, and neither is 12th.
Statistically, the Pocono 500 weekend was Red Bull Racing Team’s best in the Sprint Cup Series. Brian Vickers earned the team’s best finish in its brief existence when the No. 83 led 18 laps before finishing second to Kasey Kahne. Teammate AJ Allmendinger, who qualified eighth in the No. 84, ran a career-best 12th and gained significant ground on the top 35.
“I felt like we had the best car on the race track at the end of the race,” Brian said. “We just didn’t have any tires.”
Brian pitted on lap 165 for four tires and fuel and stayed on the track when the yellow flag waved 12 laps later. Kahne, riding on Goodyear Eagles with a slightly longer lifespan, took the lead on lap 184, while Brian fought off Denny Hamlin the rest of the way to hold second.
With his second top five of the season and fourth at Pocono, Brian moved up two spots in points to 17th. He’s 112 points out of the Chase’s 12th and final berth.
“I’m pleased, but not satisfied,” Brian said. “I had a really good car there at the end and good strategy — and a good finish.”
AJ held a spot in the top 10 for the most of the day and kept flirting with the top five. The No. 84 took four tires during a green-flag stop on lap 174, but the caution quickly waved a few laps later and AJ got stuck back in 23rd. Still, he rallied for the best points finish of his career and moved to 37th in the car owner standings. He’s 140 points out of the top 35.
“The 84 guys have been on their ‘A’ game for qualifying,” AJ said. “I feel a lot more comfortable in running in qualifying, going and getting a lap and still making the race and not overdoing it. But, we’ve just been missing that good race to go out there. So, it’s good to finally just put everything together.”