Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Later, Dirt!

Two dirt tracks. Two eighth-place finishes.

Scott Speed started 14th in Monday’s second and last dirt track race with the ARCA RE/MAX Series and improved six positions over 102 laps around the 1-mile oval. On Aug. 17, Speed also finished eighth on a similar surface in Springfield, Ill.

But this race may have been more demanding. Speed had dust and Labor Day heat to deal with — and a Red Bull Toyota with faulty brakes. Still, he managed a series-leading 14th top-10 finish.

“I am glad that’s over,” Speed said. “I will be happy if I don’t ever have to race another dirt race ever again. I’m glad to still have the points lead, and hopefully now we can get after it again on the asphalt.”

Indeed, Speed gets back to what he knows best — four asphalt races and a road-course event to close the season. He carries a 75-point lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. into Saturday’s race at Chicago.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Red Bull,

Thanks for the thrill AJ! Watching the first lap made me proud to be a Red Buller! Brian, another great job in the hot seat!

I hope you guys and your team are not too discouraged. Like good old Carolina Bar-B-Que, Stock car Racin' is a slowww cooking process (I know 200 mph is not slow but gaining the skill and timing is)
Slow cook will bring on a championship.
Can't wait to see you guys at M'ville and Lowes.
Take care, Tom

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

Franchitti just signed with Ganassi to drive Indy Cars next season-

I am willing to BET that GANASSI will target AJ to drive the #41 next season.

I have had this weird feeling all along that AJ will end up over there. Let's see if my hunch ends up right... I really don't want him out of the #84- but Ganassi's #41 is sadly the rest ride available... not counting Newman's #12 that is going to David Stremme for whatever reason...

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Jason, is Elledge going back to Ganassi with him?

I hope you're wrong, AJ is right where he belongs.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Nomar said...

Are the people who post in the blog comment section from Kansas City going to the Kansas race this year? I'll be up there for the whole weekend - Friday - Sunday. I know Brian and AJ are supposed to be signing autographs. I hope they don't do it during the Nationwide Race, I hate drivers that do that.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nomar-BV is in the Nationwide race at Kansas. I hope AJ stays and I hope Jay stays because almost all the success this year is because of him and that is probably the number one reason Tony wants him. Hopefully we will have answers soon.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Nomar yes I will be at Kansas the whole weekend from sun up to sun down everyday.Red Bull ususally does their around 10 on Race Day.Tiffanie

4:38 PM  
Anonymous 84 said...

c'mon people! Redbull cannot be this idiotic in letting Frye or AJ go! Frye has singlehandedly turned this thing around, The only real issue is Frye wanting to leave because of the gained power he would have at Stewarts team.

I too have a gut feeling AJ may end up in the 41 car. Seems like Gnassi likes the open wheelers in his cars. Its a shame because that team stinks and JPM has the best equipment and he isnt doing crap with it. God forbig, DO NOT go to MWR AJ!! If you have to, go to a Nationwide car for a year.

Cant believe Redbull is dangling AJ like this though.

5:05 PM  
Blogger theonlynick said...

I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really REALLY hope AJ doesn't go to the 41.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous potstirer said...

AJ is out and so's Jay. hes over the austrians I am sure. So, now the Q is who replaces JF? Will they bring back that guenther fellow from the mother land? da, da.....da...da.... more change in the wind. so while we are at it, i heard monster is buying ganassi?????

6:28 PM  
Blogger theonlynick said...

You don't know that yet.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous 84 said...

I have a feeling the success of Speed in ARCA and trucks is the reason AJ hasnt been signed yet. Redbull seems foolish enough to give speed a chance in a cup car next season, especially if he does well in the few races he will be in at the end of this season. Hell look what they did with AJ, brought him in with ZERO cup car experience.

Except Scott speed is no AJ Allmendinger, talent wise.

7:05 PM  
Blogger theonlynick said...

They don't realize that Scott is driving the JGR/Hendrick equipment of the ARCA/Truck series. When it comes to ARCA, Eddie Sharp is no slouch. Neither is BDR when it comes to the Truck series. A monkey could drive those to the front.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous tracy said...

Yeah, wasn't it Michael McDowell who just set ARCA on fire last year. And boy is he just whooping butt in Cup. NOT!

AJ wants to stay at Red Bull, so he won't be out until they tell him he's gone. If that happens, the 41 would be the best ride available, and I think Ganassi would snatch him up. I don't think he would go voluntarily, though. At least for now, Red Bull has the better equipment.

It doesn't matter what he drives, though. AJ is a future champion in Cup. Even if he gets bounced around by the bigwigs, he'll land on his feet.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

I also have this sneaking suspiscion that Ganassi will be Toyota equipment too- Everything Ganassi has his hand in is the "new kid on the block" kinda mentality, he was the first to hire open wheel talent, and now Toyota is rolling a long, I am willing to bet, they switch from Dodge to Toyota ext year... Dodge better perform soon, or GEM will be the only Dodge program left...

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yeah I'll be there - I moved to a college town for the next 3 years & will be joining the ranks of the people who drive 12 hours round trip just to see a NASCAR race. We all know that it's so worth it, though.


8:36 AM  
Anonymous Natalie said...

Marty Smith answered my question on ESPN.com about Jay Frye and Red Bull so check it out!

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I read the answer to the question Natalie asked and have one question, why would Frye want to play 2nd fiddle to Stewart with less pay when he is the "Man" at RBR. Everyone says this is a business so to me it would make more sense to stay put at RBR. Loyalty and friendship doesn’t put food on the table or even hired/fired from a job when one is needed. JMHO, MCO

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm asking myself the same question. I see more potential at RBRT.

12:41 PM  
Blogger theonlynick said...

I'm getting VERY impatient..

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know how all this makes me feel, I cant imagine what it must be like for AJ. Especially after all he had been through this year.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

Per Bob Margolis at Yahoo sports:

Still, despite proving he belongs in NASCAR’s big leagues, Allmendinger is in danger of losing his seat to another young open wheel racer, Scott Speed, whose meteoric rise in stock cars has gained the attention of Red Bull team owners in Austria. *****Allmendinger’s fate is expected to be known by the end of this week*****.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they plan on putting Scott Speed in the #84, I will riot. I like the guy and all but he's getting everything handed to him. What happened to Scott's full time truck series ride for 2009?

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

I almost hope Allmendinger gets released at this point. The way Red Bull has failed him so far, and the amount of guts that guy has shown to not only get better and belong, but also garner enough positive attention from the media, that they will skin Red Bull alive for letting him go. I also like Scott Speed, and have tried not to make him the enemy here- Of all teams shouldn't RBRT have enough money to fund 3 cars with 3 super taleneted young drivers?

It just sucks if they do let him go, the only ride that's remotely good is the #41, and Ganassi is a sinking ship... And if they sign him o a 1 year extension, it's just like letting him go anyway, he will have to look over his shoulder all next year and wait for Scott Speed to take his ride, they might as well just let him go if that is all that is going to be tendered.
Very un-professional...

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because Scott has done well on the BEST teams in both series, who have more money than any other teams in their respective series, doesnt mean he will do well in Cup. Im sure if they dont sign him, AJ will want to make sure to race well the rest of the year. To keep the 84 in the top 35 so he can hand it over to Speed? They now have another team capable of contending for the Chase next year, they would be stupid to just throw it all away. I dont care for Scott myself, but that has nothing to do with the situation at hand.

9:48 AM  
Blogger theonlynick said...

If Scott takes AJ's ride, I will follow AJ to wherever he goes. I just hope he doesn't go back to IndyCars. He deserves to be in the Sprint Cup series, and he has proved that this year. If AJ received the same amount of seat time as Scott has before making his big debut, AJ would have crushed his records.

I hope Red Bull is smarter than this..

10:00 AM  
Blogger theonlynick said...

Curt said it best. "If they plan on putting Scott Speed in the #84, I will riot. I like the guy and all but he's getting everything handed to him."

Truer words have never been spoken.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous ashley said...

No. AJ gone? No. Please tell me I'm not reading that right..I cant breathe. I'm gonna cry. :( *sniffles* I'll just follow AJ wherever he goes..but still makes me sad.

1:49 PM  
Blogger ochenta_y_tres! said...

It would be sad to see AJ leave. I like Scott Speed a lot, but he would go through the same growing pains as AJ did last year, so it would be a step back for RBRT.

Best case scenario as far as I'm concerned is to keep AJ and put Scott Speed on a partial Sprint Cup schedule next year.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous 84 said...

Has anyone stopped to think maybe redbull is holding out to see what AJ can really do now that he has the CC and the right car finally? All AJ has to do is keep qualifying good and staying up front and gaining ground over the top 35 and he'll be fine. AJ will be somehwere next year in sprint cup, and he is better than what the 41 team has to offer. Something will come up for him.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kxdafThat is the whole point here - AJ doesnt have time to wait. The 41 is the only car left at this time. How long is Red Bull going take on making their decision? Once the 41 is taken he is out of a ride for next year! Go to play musical cars with teams who switch drivers each week who arent in the top 35? He has spent 2 years doing that - who would want to continue that?

4:14 PM  

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