Sunday, March 29, 2009

There's Bad Luck, and Then Really Bad Luck


A series of unfortunate events unfolded late in Sunday’s race at Martinsville that cost Brian Vickers another top-10 finish and, more importantly, 78 points in the Sprint Cup standings.

Vickers was running eighth with 35 laps to go when he reported the right-front tire rubbing. The 11th caution flag waved two laps later, Vickers pitted for four tires and as he left the pits NASCAR officials noticed fluid leaking from the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota. Turned out it was oil, and Vickers came back in and the hood went up. He returned four laps down in 35th.

Instead of his fourth top 10 in the season’s first six races, Vickers finished 33rd. He fell from 14th to 20th in points.

“I don’t know what to say,” Vickers said. “We ran top 10 all day and were looking to leave Martinsville with a good points day. We ran into some bad luck at the end, which put us four laps down. It’s hard to stomach losing that many spots in the points knowing how well this team did today.”

Teammate Scott Speed’s race began well when the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota stayed out during the competition caution on lap 40. Strategy put Speed on point for the first time in his Sprint Cup career. He led once for 12 laps and was one of only four drivers to lead a green-flag lap.

He was running ninth on lap 70 when Kyle Busch lost control of his car underneath Speed in turn three. Speed gave Busch plenty of room but obviously not enough, as Busch’s car tapped Speed’s and both went spinning — the No. 82 into the outside wall with damage to left rear and side. Speed continued on the lead lap, but quickly went to the garage for repairs. He was 39th at the checkered flag.

“I’m sure Kyle is going to offer to buy me dinner since that’s the second time this year that he’s wrecked me, so I’m looking forward to that,” Speed said, referring to the Las Vegas Nationwide Series race when Busch KO’d Speed on lap 21.

“We had a great car before we got wrecked and we even had a great car after we got wrecked. This race is a lot like Daytona for us where we had a great car but were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The No. 82 is 38th in the owner standings — 28 points out of the top 35.

46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to see aj pass bv in the points. looks like speed will find out first hand what aj had to go through. losing sleep thursday nights

11:25 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

A momentary blip in the pts. You AJ lovers enjoy it now, while it is occuring...and again...if you want to talk about former RB drivers, go to the new teams site to talk about him. The rest of us have moved on

5:24 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

I wish you all were listening to Sirius radio this AM. When David Poole, again, explained how the whole AJ leaving RB happened...Yall need to check the facts and quit beating this dead horse

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

Team Red Bull needs a good luck fairy to pay a visit. It was good to see Brian running in the top 10 after struggling at Bristol. I think we'll see both teams have a solid finish in Texas, and gain some of those points positions that they both need.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like RB should have done whatever it took to keep AJ! but no, somebody wanted their poster child in the seat...

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fanatic, do you really think any of us AJ fans are going to quit posting because you said so??

8:32 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Do you really think your posts do anything but annoy people. I'm starting to dislike Allmendinger just because of his fans, just like Earnhardt Jr.

I can't wait till the end of May when Allmendinger doesn't have a ride because he was greedy and wanted a 3-yr contact.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Curt said...

What are you, 12?

You're coming to blog where the fans of Red Bull Racing go to read. The fans and the bloggers are not responsible for AJ being dumped. You're beating a dead horse. Most BV fans actually still root for AJ. I don't see what the deal is with you.

If you feel like rubbing the results in someone's face, please write a letter to Dietrich Mateschitz.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

No, I don't expect you to listen to sense and stop posting, but you guys are just uninformed on what happened with AJ, and because of that you sound stupid and bitter. I rooted for AJ too, but like the other poster said- you guys are making it impossible for me to not dislike him now-because of your constant dead horse beating! Move on is all I am saying. You all should just be happy he is doing so well...

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Folks, leave it be. AJ is with Petty now and proving his worth each and every single race. I mean, he's 15th in points for crying out loud! Cheer him on and leave the RB folks alone. RB did what they had to do, and it's working out for both parties.

If you want to rant, rave, and cheer for AJ, come to this forum:

http://members7.boardhost.com/dingernation/

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mechanical problems are not bad luck.

It's bad strategic planning on the team's part.

Something we're used to by now.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

You're right - mechanical issues are a team problem. Sometimes the driver is at fault for a bad finish, and sometimes the team is. They both have to be pretty flawless to be Chase contenders. Scott was the one who just had the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time last weekend.

Oh, and to those who mentioned it, please don't give up being an AJ fan just because of some obnoxiousness. I'm the world's biggest AJ supporter and have had plently of BV fans that have badmouthed AJ in the past. If you let the rude people change your opinion then you're just letting them win. :-)

6:09 PM  
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2:50 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Sad...no way a fully funded car should be going home...

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ, come back!!!!!!!!!!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get skinner on the phone stat

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scott, How does your feet feel in AJ's shoes?

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG This is not good...

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Scott for making the race at Texas. Not.

AJ >>>>>>>>> Scott

Scott doesn't even know how to spell "F1".

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let it go Aj lovers!!!! Petty is where he is now!!

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all should be happy AJ is there now! He is going to run half the season!! wOOOhOO!!!

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck digging yourself out of this one. better find someone who can run this thing back into the top 35 sooner than later or else they'll stay too far back in points. looks like logano will get roty now.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shoulda kept aj!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Morons!!!! AJ left RB, not the other way around...when will it end...

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and why did we let aj go?

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep, better give Skinner a call...

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was speeds car that much different than bvs? mabye we need to see a veteran driver in the car to keep it competetive every week. enough with the 1 1/2 car team. lets go rb

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only "Morons" are the ones who LET AJ leave!! should've done whatever it took to keep him!!!

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

AJ left Red Bull because Red Bull wouldn't commit to him. They wanted to put Scott in the car full time and had no promises that AJ would get a third car. You can't blame the guy for wanting to find a team that believes in him. He's found that at RPM.

But remember that AJ only got better after struggling through hardships at Red Bull. As long as Scott has the drive to work through this tough situation, he will come out the better for it also. Don't lose faith in him.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aj woulda got that car in! Elledge has gotta be lovin his new talent now. at least the car is in one piece. great choice of drivers redbull

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RB went thru this last year. beyond me why they chose to be in the same postition again this year. I don't understand, if they wanted speed so bad why didn't they start with him last year???I feel bad for all the guys at the shop etc who do their part...

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the word "karma" seems appropriate here. it sure looks like Reutiman is really struggling without Pemberton too. What a huge step backwards this year is. I'm gonna go drink a monster now and watch some IRL or something.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Jason in PA said...

shoulda just left AJ and Elledge alone, gave him his 3 year contract he asked for and starteda 3rd team for SS...woulda made everyone happy...

They could've had SS do one more season of the old ABCT program and ran SS and Mike Skinner as a shared ride for the 82... Red Bull has the money. Too bad-

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red Bull made a mistake in hiring AJ in the first place. The same argument might be made for BV if he doesn't get his sh*t together and join the rest of the grown up drivers at the top. Time for blaming this or that is over. Stand up and be a man. Drive that car and quit blaming everything else except your own decisions.
Red Bull had enough money to attract top drivers. They chose to go with AJ on the cheap, hoping that he would pan out. You AJ fans are basing his success on 6 races this year. No doubt he deserves congratulations for the job he's done, but just like BV, he's not yet been in Victory Lane, so shut up. If Brian can't pull it together based on his talent, then he is to blame. Texas is today, and the way the 83 finishes will determine where the rest of the season goes. Winners don't make excuses. They win.

Good luck to RB today.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..that would be fine and dandy if the drivers turned the wrenches and called the races. There's a very fine line between winning and running 10th. The team has let Brian down a LOT more than Brian has let the team down. The problem is Red Bull isn't up to the level of a Hendrick, Roush, or Gibbs yet and it shows week in and week out. Sure, they might have a car capable of winning one in every five or so races but they lack the consistancy it takes to beat the super teams. I think Brian's done great with what he has there to use. The only way to win in Nascar today is be consistantly in the top five. The wins will come. If you run 10th to 15th... with a top 5 every once in awhile, that doesn't cut it.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The post right above is dead on!

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that post give BV a little too much credit, sorry!

7:47 AM  
Anonymous RedBullSuperFan said...

I don't care to join in the AJ vs Scott Battle Royale.

Bottom line is that Scott missed the race, and I hope that he realizes how much not racing on Sunday sucks so that next time the 82 shows up to the race they'll be more motivated to get it done.

AJ missed a few races, they pulled him out, and when they put him back in the car it was nothing but uphill from there.

Let's hope they don't have to pull Scott from the car before he regains the confidence he had in ARCA & Trucks.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous crossomotive said...

Lol. Have they passed several black pussies a while ago? They should have run out of bad luck this time.

8:39 PM  
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