Homestead: Red Bull Racing Team preview

FINALE IS FINALLY HERE Phoenix is a race you'd like to lock up and throw away the key. But one of the great things about the grind is that there's always next week, and since about 2 p.m. MT Sunday that next week, which just so happens to be the...

FINALE IS FINALLY HERE

Phoenix is a race you'd like to lock up and throw away the key. But one of the great things about the grind is that there's always next week, and since about 2 p.m. MT Sunday that next week, which just so happens to be the last week, has been Homestead.

82. SCOTT SPEED

THE OLD SWITCHAROO: You may remember that Speed was in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota when he first raced at Homestead in 2008. Brian Vickers drove the then-No. 84 to ensure that car earned a place in the top 35 (it did), and Speed took the No. 83 to a 16th-place finish after qualifying second. A year later, he qualified second again and finished 27th.

HAPPY AT HOMESTEAD: Perhaps nowhere is Speed stronger than Homestead. He has back-to-back front-row starts and an average finish of 21.5, which ranks second behind Talladega.

VITAL SIGNS: Ranks 30th in the driver standings — 33 points behind 29th-place Regan Smith and 39 behind Sam Hornish Jr. in 28th.

83. KASEY KAHNE

PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES: Just how critical have the past five weeks been for Kahne and Red Bull Racing Team? Here's the driver's assessment: "I think at times it's been pretty good and at other times it's been kind of difficult. They do everything a lot different, so it's been tough at times to pick that up while other stuff has been easy. I'm glad I have these few races to work on it. I think it definitely does help us prepare for next year. They have a lot of good people and good equipment."

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Look at Kahne's numbers at Homestead, and there's the glare coming from the 2006 season finale. That race, Kahne won the pole, led 90 laps and finished a career-best fourth. Two years later he followed up with a sixth-place finish, and he's qualified fourth or better four times in six tries. The No. 83's best day at Homestead came last season when BV finished 20th.

VITAL SIGNS: The No. 83 ranks 26th in the car owner standings — 14 points behind the No. 12 in 25th. Kahne sits 21st in his respective points, 37 behind AJ Allmendinger in 20th.

-source: rbrt

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brian Vickers , Regan Smith , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Red Bull Racing