82. SCOTT SPEED BUMPED AND BRUISED: Speed kept the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota within striking distance of the top 15 for the first half of the Brickyard 400. That was until lap 78 when Speed and Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 car made contact in turn one.
82. SCOTT SPEED
BUMPED AND BRUISED: Speed kept the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota within striking distance of the top 15 for the first half of the Brickyard 400. That was until lap 78 when Speed and Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 car made contact in turn one. Speed got the raw end of the deal, as he limped the No. 82 back to pit road with a failed left-front tire. He dropped from 20th to 34th. A debris caution waved with 23 laps to go, and Speed returned to the lead lap but sustained some damage in an accordion effect on pit road. He finished 25th.
BAD LUCK, AND MORE BAD LUCK: "Wish we hadn't been unlucky. Cut a left front. Then, there at the end, ran into everyone checking up on pit road. We got caught in one of those slinky deals and tore the front up. Just a little bit unlucky. But, at least things are running better." -- Speed
VITAL SIGNS: Speed slipped two spots to 26th in the standings -- 13 points out of 24th.
THE CLOSER: The No. 82 has been running at the finish in 23 consecutive races.
83. REED SORENSON
TWO TURNS, DAY DONE: Reed Sorenson's shot at contending for a Brickyard 400 title ended less than a mile into the race. His No. 83 Red Bull Toyota sustained seriously heavy front and right-side damage during a crash in the second turn of the first lap. It was a simple case of nowhere to go, but the team performed major surgery in 36 laps and Sorenson soon returned to the track in 42nd. He was, however, in ride-around mode and reported an electrical problem on lap 123. Day done in 35th.
CALAMITY CORNER: "I just can't believe that happened in the second corner." -- Sorenson on the first-lap crash
VITAL SIGNS: The No. 83 remained 24th in the car owner standings, still 144 points behind the No. 98 in 23rd.
EVERY POINT COUNTS: The No. 83 crew's fast-paced facelift after the first- lap crash paid off. Sorenson improved seven positions -- a gain of 21 points and a total enough to hold 24th place in points.
UP NEXT: Pennsylvania 500, Sunday, Aug. 1, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.