Saturday, October 25, 2008

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.).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

did the #84 car fall out of the top #35?

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the 84 dropped to 35th, but they're still in for texas. Lets hope they start having some better finishes or they're going to be out of the top 35 before the year is over

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Red Bull is rethinking taking A.J. out of the car. Did you see where he finished yesterday? 14th!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Steve Winfield said...

AJ Allmendinger's average finish over last two races 14.5, Scott Speed's average finish over last two races 32nd. I hope the boys in Austria made the right choice.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ is the real deal. Red Bull needs to reconsider. Scott is far from ready. Testing cup cars is one thing, racing it with 42 other guys is another. The #84 team deserves better.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous tracy said...

Scott had brake issues in Martinsville and made a mistake on pit road yesterday. He is still learning, I'm sure he will be fine. He kept the car clean and out of trouble in both races and logged some laps. That's what he is out there to do. The team that is 36th in points has just as much of a rookie driver in these COT cars, so I don't think we need to worry.

I'm a huge AJ fan, one of the biggest - so I'm thrilled with his performance for GEM. Two top 15's after starting 39th, and the highest finishing GEM car in the field both weeks. He is doing exactly what he needs to do right now - showing his potential.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what was aj's average finish of his 1st 2 races?

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did A.J. even make his first 2 races last year? Or even this year for that matter?

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Jason in PA said...

Scott has done a good job keeping the car out of trouble and out of the way, comparing Scott to AJ at this point is unfair to AJ as Scott has the security blanket AJ provided for him... However, if the #84 doesn't start performing, we will be able to better compare Scott when he has to make races to succeed.

The fact that AJ doesn't have a ull time gig yet in '09 is just flat out wrong... He has made that GEM car look pretty racy... Whats frustrating is the potential GEM buy out of BDR is now not going to happen, that would have most certainly been AJ's car next season (and it's in the top 35 too) it's slim pickings for him now...

2:31 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

AGAIN....AJ chose to leave. He was offered a one year extension and that was not enough for him. Go check it out. We move on and SS has stayed out of trouble. Hopefully he can keep it in the top 35.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"what was aj's average finish of his 1st 2 races?"

Dumbest comment ever. AJ's first two races were RED BULLs 1st two races. Scott has the benefit of almost two seasons of improvement in the cars and team.

AJ and Brian did all the work...and Scott picks up where AJ left off. Apples and Oranges. TRB is a 100% different team from when AJ first strapped in.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does nobody post on this board unless its about AJ? Geez, he's gone people. Move on. I like him, and he's doing a good job, but comparing what he's doing with a different team to what the 84 is doing is like apples and oranges. Furthermore, its not Red Bull's fault he's not in the car now. AJ himself didn't sign back on for another year so if you wanna blame someone, blame him.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Looks like the #84 will switch to #82 next season...pic on jayski...too bad, I was hoping the 84 was going to have RB cola on it as the cans are 8.4 oz

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because A.J. went around telling people he was offered a 1 year extension and turned it down...doesnt mean that its true. I hear from sources inside the shop that he wasnt offered another year. So I guess we'll never know. But it seems suspicious to me that he would turn down another year in Cup...without having another ride lined up. He may end up sitting on the sidelines next year if his manager doesnt get something for him soon.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree but I don't think it was AJ that said he was offered a one year extension. I never really saw a source noted, not sure where that came from...
I too have noticed that it has been quiet around here since he left!! Says something about AJ/Red Bull's fans.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's quiet around here because it take so long to get an answers on the blog. I love to read what people write but there is nothing new on it for a long time. Glad AJ is doing great with his new team but Scott hasn't had much to write about yet. So....that leaves Brian. Just glad were off the week of trouble, that got real old on the radio!
Go Red Bull Brian and Scott we believe go get a win! :)

10:35 AM  

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