Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One Red Bull Collects Another

Both of the Red Bull Racing Team Toyotas dropped to the bottom of the scoring sheets after being involved in a multi-car accident in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

No. 83 driver Brian Vickers had a run-in with Dale Earnhardt Jr. that sent Vickers’ Red Bull Toyota spinning in front of a hungry pack of race cars running 190 mph down the backstretch. With rain on its way, Vickers led the inside line on a restart on lap 124, and behind him was Earnhardt, who, like Vickers, was desperately trying to get his lap back.

Earnhardt dove low. Vickers blocked — clearly a legal move above Daytona’s double yellow line. The right-front corner of Earnhardt’s car clipped Vickers’ left rear, and most everyone knows what happens when two cars connect in a restrictor-plate race.

Vickers’ No. 83 darted out of control to the right, straight into the lead pack. When the smoke cleared, the final count showed 10 cars were involved. Included in that count was rookie Scott Speed, who was just logging laps and minding his own business toward the back while he continues to learn the draft and the attitude of the cars in it.

Speed pitted twice as the No. 82 team fixed damage. He went on to finish 35th in his first Daytona 500. Vickers went to the garage for repairs and returned to the track before the rain came. He finished 39th.


Blogger RvNGrammy said...

I am a proud founding member of Brian's fan club and enjoy watching him race and appreciate his intelligent interviews. But, he needs to take a look a the footage of the crash at Daytona and rethink his accusations against Dale Earnhardt, Jr. To say Junior caused that crash on purpose is saying that Brian caused the crash at Talladega on purpose. And I don't believe either conclusion is true. Brian owes Junior an apology for his comments after the crash.

11:59 AM  
Blogger RvNGrammy said...

Oh, and yes, the move to block was legal. Only problem was that Junior was already in the place Brian wanted to be. Both drivers held fault in this incident. I expect that Brian will figure that out soon.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm why are some of the post from early now gone???!!

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Thank God, journalism is yet alive! Why do I say this? Everyone has put their own spin on the incident, but not the author of this post. Well written!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the RB race shop hours?

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
12:30 PM to 5:00 PM

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whooooo hooooo JUNIOR!!!!

9:17 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Hey Anon! When you get tired of the Junior Kool-ade, I will be glad to get you some Red Bull!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Nomar said...

Good interview today on Jim Rome. You can tell Rome doesn't know much about NASCAR as he kept trying to bait Vickers into saying something about the whole thing. Also sounded like Vickers and Jr. have talked since Sunday. Hopefully everyone can put it behind em and we can move on and get a good finish at Cali. I think we're gonna have a pretty good car.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous car donation said...

I am so excited, good interview.

11:21 PM  

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