Indianapolis: Red Bull Racing Team preview

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Chicagoland Speedway kicked off the second half of the season. Here are some of Red Bull Racing Team's numbers that compare season No. 1 to season to No. 2, through 19 races. With ARCA victory No. 2 in the bag,...

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Chicagoland Speedway kicked off the second half of the season. Here are some of Red Bull Racing Team's numbers that compare season No. 1 to season to No. 2, through 19 races.

With ARCA victory No. 2 in the bag, Scott Speed and Eddie Sharp Racing return to short track action Saturday at Michigan's Berlin Raceway.

Scott, in the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota, won Friday night's race at Kentucky when he led 39 laps and held off Sean Caisse on a last-lap restart to win by .561 of a second. It was his sixth top- five and ninth top-10 finish in 11 starts, and he trails championship leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by 65 points.

"We had passed each other a couple of times on restarts," Scott said of his duel with Caisse. "On the last one, it was pretty aggressive. I was on the gas well before he was. He left a hole on the outside, and we got it done."

Scott had little time to celebrate, however. After Friday's race, he bolted for Tampa, Fla., to judge the Red Bull Flugtag event.

By the way, in the four ARCA short track races this season, Scott's average start is 4.8 and his average finish is 6.3.

Here's a little Indianapolis trivia to get you ready for Sunday's Allstate 400 (answers below).

1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway rests at what intersection?
2. Counting infield seating, the capacity of Indianapolis eclipses what mark?
3. This German driver owns the most victories at Indianapolis with five.
4. Only one driver has competed in NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One at Indianapolis. Who is he?
5. What driver set the Allstate 400 qualifying record in 2004 with a lap of 186.293 mph?
6. The Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort features how many holes inside the race track?
7. What is the slang term used to describe the straightaways between the first and second, and third and fourth turns?
8. How many bricks were used in the Brickyard's first repaving project in the early 1900s?
9. During Allstate 400 weekend, this nearby speedway hosts support races to complement the "big track."
10. How many laps has Brian Vickers led in his four races at Indianapolis?

AJ Allmendinger, driver, No. 84: "I hate the cliche about how we're running better than where we are in points - but we are. I'm really excited about the second half of the season. There has been a lot of growth on this team, especially me. We still have a lot to do. But through everything we've been through in the first part of the season - sitting out five races - it helped me a lot. It helped this team see where we lacked. The team is strong. Chicago showed it, but there are still things we need to work on. We should be no worse than a top-20 car if we finish the race."

Elton Sawyer, director of competition: "The 83 guys have done a tremendous job. They're 95 points out of the Chase, which, for a second-year team, we're excited about. We have all the ability and tools to make the Chase. On the 84 side, with Jimmy (Elledge) coming on board, that's a little shot in the arm for the 84 guys. They've been building on that program all year. Jimmy is the guy to get them over the hump. Both teams are points racing - one trying to get into the Chase and the other trying to get into the top 35. We just need to keep doing what we've been doing, and the results will take care of themselves."

Kevin Hamlin, crew chief, No. 83 and two-time WYPALL Crew Chief of the Race winner: "We started out decent. Good, not great. We had a couple of bad luck things happen to us that put us behind. Going forward, we've made great gains on where we are. We're running good, and are approaching the area of running great. If we can eliminate some of the failures and letdowns in the second half, if we can work on the failures that we can control, I look at big things to come. All we have to do from here on out is run as good as we can and gather as many points as we can."

- credit: rbr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elton Sawyer , Scott Speed , Brian Vickers , Kevin Hamlin , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Sean Caisse
Teams Red Bull Racing