Monday, October 06, 2008

Things That Go Boom

With a stout car underneath him, Brian Vickers’ strategy led him to the front, hoping he’d somehow avoid one of the mid-pack wrecks that make Talladega Superspeedway famous.

Then … BOOM!

“I felt a bomb explode,” Vickers said. “It didn’t cut. It didn’t go flat. It just exploded.”

Indeed, the right-front tire on the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota gave way on lap 68 while Vickers was running in the top five. The explosion shredded sheet metal, and his car immediately darted to the right and connected with another on the outside. All hell broke loose after that.

“I was just trying to make sure that I was holding on as tight as possible,” said Vickers, who led 10 laps Sunday. “When you lose a right-front tire there’s nothing you can do. You’re really just at the mercy of where momentum is going to take you and other guys around you and hopefully they avoid you.”

The failed Goodyear Eagle triggered Sunday’s first “big one,” as nine cars went spinning and crashing. Included was Mike Skinner’s No. 84. He had nowhere to go.

“Our goal today was to miss that,” Skinner said, “and we didn’t miss it.”

Both cars returned to the track, but the end result was 31st for Skinner and 35th for Vickers.

Vickers moved up one spot in points to 16th, and he’s only 13 points behind 15th-place Ryan Newman. Skinner’s No. 84 slipped one spot in the car owner standings to 34th — 17 points out of the red entering this weekend’s home race in Charlotte.


Blogger Kristin said...

I was at the race, and it was great to see BV lead at 'dega. Hopefully he'll be able to win there without controversy soon. He had a great car til it went BOOM. Believe you me, it was loud. For the AJ fans, he'll be in the #00 this weekend at Lowe's. Saw the information on Jayski today.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Dopey said...

wow, this blog is on fire - so many posts and so much to say. I supose it will pick up when AJ announces his new ride or when scott races this weekend. Hello, anyone out there in sleepytown?

7:15 PM  
Blogger ncsuredbull said...

tough race for both redbull cars on one of their stronger tracks. Charlotte is another strong one though.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous tracy said...

Is anyone else three times as excited for this weekend? Not to mention that Thursday night knock out qualifying should be fun to watch. Young guns in good equipment going head to head.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Jason in PA said...

Ko quals should be a lot of fun- I wanna see the #00 and #82 both get in and go all head to head sat night! I would also like to see Kesolowski and Clauson make it in also-

8:17 AM  
Anonymous aj's Mom said...

so aj is in the #00 MWR toyota this weekend. Is it a 1 race deal?

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Alina said...

AJ's Mom -

Yes. It's a one-race deal and for the remainder of the season, he'll be in the 10 car, replacing Patrick Carpentier.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

cool your AJs mom? awesome!!!!

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Mrs Allmendinger said...

Thanks Alina, just so hard to get in touch with my Son these days. Who told you about the 10 ride?

9:15 PM  

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