Red Bull Snow Stories
A thick, white ceiling hanging just above Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday cancelled Sprint Cup qualifying for the third consecutive week and 10th time this season. There was no snow (there was in March when we were here), but the dreary day brought back memories of 1993 when the infamous “White Hurricane” swallowed the East Coast.
Red Bull Racing Team’s two former Nationwide Series drivers — Elton Sawyer (above) and Tim Fedewa — remember the weekend like it was yesterday.
“It was like 60 or 70 degrees on Friday,” Sawyer said. “We came in Saturday and there was like 10 or 12 inches of snow. It was amazing. They were snowed out on Saturday and Sunday and came back the next weekend to run the race.”
“Literally,” Fedewa said, “we got 18 or 19 inches. The wind was blowing 30 or 40 mph. It was just a whiteout. It was a blizzard. The whole town of Atlanta was shut down. Just to come to the track and see that — no one could move. It was just a very weird-looking situation. I just moved down from Michigan, and to see snow was no big deal for me. But to see it in Atlanta …”
Conditions today at Atlanta are expected to improve for Sprint Cup’s two practice sessions (10:30 a.m. and noon ET). Brian Vickers, who turned 25 on Friday, has two top-10 finishes in his past two starts here. On the Craftsman Truck side, Scott Speed starts 11th in the E-Z-GO 200 (1:30 p.m.).