Wednesday, August 06, 2008

An 'Awkward' Trip Home


A unique characteristic of Watkins Glen International is that it’s the only Sprint Cup track where cars pit to the right, which can make over-the-wall life difficult for Danny Kincaid.

“Everything is in the opposite direction of what you’re used to,” said Kincaid, the No. 83’s front tire changer. “You feel really awkward going the opposite direction that you’ve trained your body in. It’s a really big difference.”

Unlike the flurry of pit stops last month at Indianapolis, Kincaid anticipates a two-stop strategy in a race where fuel far outweighs fresh tires.

“It’s very boring for us,” he said. “Gas is the big deal. Two stops and we’ll call it a day.”

Not all is bad for the 27-year-old. He hails from Port Byron, N.Y., a little more than an hour drive from Watkins Glen. “Most of my family is from there and still lives there,” Kincaid said. “I don’t get to see them very often, so it’ll be a nice change.”

16 Comments:

Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Article on AJ by Marty Smith on ESPN.com...Hey RB! Get on it and pick up dudes contract! What more do you want from him? This is the biggest no-brainer of silly-season!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

I agree, I think maybe they are waiting to see if he gets into the top 35 or something- I am a huge AJ fan and fan of RBRT, the thing that sucks is, his option is only for 2009, at that point, I am afraid if he is not a top 20 driver, Scott Speed will get this car...
With that said, AJ has come leaps and bounds since getting back in the car- and Red Bull has spent a lot of money on marketing AJ... The company has sponsored him for quite a while now, and I tihnk they will pick up the contract. But as said in the article, AJ needs to keep succeeding. No doubt he will...

2:25 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I wonder what AJ will do. His "man crush" is being traded to the NY Jets!

Good luck this weekend RBRT!

WE BELIEVE!

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sign him already - the only reason AJ may not be as far as they would like him to be lies solely on Redbull. Without getting into the whole thing again about he was not given what he should have been to learn - lets look at how he has done since he HAS been given what he needs to succeed.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous tracy said...

If they don't renew AJ then I will lose all of my respect for what Red Bull has done this year.

If they want Scott in a Cup car then add a third car. AJ deserves that ride. He is a top caliber driver that just had a tough learning curve.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

I bet they are waiting to see if AJ can get the car in the top 35. If he doesn't (which I doubt) they may move in another direction.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Curt said...

It's possible for them to get inside the top 35 after this weekend. Scott Riggs isn't one of the best road racers. Michael McDowell actually had road course experience before he went into stock car racing but he's driving MWR cars, fortunate for us.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

If AJ does leave RBRT, I will leave with him! I dig Vickers and like Speed also, I was hoping to see a Red Red Bull car #85 for Speed. RB won't sponser a third car, and I do understand why- However, alot of companies that deal with the Red Bull athletes and style could jump on board like Oakley, Spy, No Fear, Fox Racing, Any dirtbike manufacturer would be a quality spponser for Scott Speed and RBRT. Thus keeping AJ in his current situation would be ideal.

If AJ were to leave, I truly beleive he would be a leading candidate for Childress's 3rd chevy team or over at DEI... I prefer he stay at RBRT with Jimmy and the boys and you will see a 'Vickers like' season out of the 84 team mext season, espeically if they are in the top 35 going to speedweeks next February. Just my 2 cents...

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree - this should be the biggest no brainer. AJ has been loyal to RedBull and they should do the same. And he shouldnt have to wait 30 to 45 days to find out. How will he find another team at that late stage of the game if they decide to do the unthinkable? I know I would never buy another Red Bull.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Nick B said...

AJ is as good as gone....

:(

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

Here is what I don't understand--

Ok, so Scott Speed wins ARCA races, honestly you give me or you or anybody on this board a car with any funding at all, and you will have a top 10 ARCA car, marginal talen will make it top 5, but money and talent (Speed) should win the series going away... The point I am making is this- THERE IS NO REASON HE SHOULDN'T WIN- The fact that he is doing it should mean nothing. There should be no suprise whatsoever. He has won one truck race, look at AJ's results when he races the trucks, a bunch of top 10's, a top 5 at Talladega as a rookie (when AJ didn't know a damn thing about stock cars)
Now, finally you give AJ a team worth racing for (with Jimmy Elledge) and you get RESULTS. Top 20 fineshes for a un-tested Sophomore team in cup is overachieving (see Regan Smith, Paul Menard, Montoya for that matter). If AJ makes the Daytona 500 this past February, we are not having this conversation right now... The only race he would have missed is Las Vegas (he missed California because of rain). Then he wouldn't have been benched or any of the nonsense.

If AJ races this car back into the top 35 after the car missed 3 races that's a great job. Also, if he races the car into the top 35, and they give this car to Speed next year, that's freaking bull****. All these frustrating qualifying sessions, all the stress on AJ, and for what? for him to rise above and get the car in the top 35 just so he can have his ride taken away buy a driver of the same talent level?

Listen, I don't want to make Scott Speed the villian here. He has done a good job and seems like the right kinda guy to race for RBRT, but find the team more sponsorship and have a good 3 car team!!! Make Speed earn his top 35 spot also...

This has me fired up!!!! Sign AJ for the next 2 seasons and seewhat he can really do... You have already come this far...

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some of you people are just totally freaking out. I don't think RBRT has any intention of letting AJ go unless AJ wants to go to another team, which I doubt. He has definitely proven himself at this point. Paperwork is just that, paperwork. I believe that RBRT has confidence in AJ and he now has confidence in is team.
The clear indication all along has been that Scott would probably be a third team.
Relax people and let's concentrate on this year and winning races and getting in the top 35, all very doable.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

I don't think this is a SS vs AJ arguement...I think RB just needs to do the right thing here, they rushed AJ in and now he is just hitting his stride. I think they owe him more. The SS thing is different.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed - this is not about Scott vs AJ. Its about giving the guy the job he has worked his butt off to earn. And dont wait till he wont be able to find another job. JUST SIGN HIM NOW AND LETS GET ON WITH IT!!!!

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know anything bout his manager "tara reagan" what company is she affaliated with-maybe a few messages to them to get on the ball and seal this deal!!!!

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tara any news about a busch ride even a limited one like last year?

2:14 PM  

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