+ 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 ...
+ 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 lead pack. When the smoke cleared, the final count showed 10 cars were involved. Included in that count was Red Bull Racing Team 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.
Scott Speed, driver, No. 82: "Our car was awesome, and we were running in the top 25 for most of the race. After that long green-flag run we had to come in to pit and then had a caution one lap later and went a lap down. Then immediately after that we started up front and there was a crash. Brian and Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) were fighting real hard to stay in the front of that thing and they basically wrecked each other and we got collected in that."
Brian Vickers, driver, No. 83: "We're all racing for the lucky dog there, and my goal was to keep Junior behind me and I went to block him. I beat him to the yellow line, and then he just turned us. He hit me the first time on the way down, which is fine, we all do that. Then when he came back up he just hooked me in the left rear and typically NASCAR penalizes. It's kind of sad. To wreck somebody intentionally like that in front of the entire field is really kind of dangerous. That's my biggest problem with it, but apparently he wanted a caution pretty bad."