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EVER THE EXTREMIST Red Bull Racing Team's Brian Vickers, the No. 83 driver who sits 11th in the Sprint Cup standings, completed his first solo skydive earlier this month with the Red Bull Air Force. Now he's taking on air racing. On...

EVER THE EXTREMIST

Red Bull Racing Team's Brian Vickers, the No. 83 driver who sits 11th in the Sprint Cup standings, completed his first solo skydive earlier this month with the Red Bull Air Force. Now he's taking on air racing. On Thursday over the drag strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Vickers will ride in the "Red Bull Edge" - an aerobatic aircraft piloted by 2006 Red Bull Air Race World Series champion Kirby Chambliss, whose flying style is described as aggressive yet smooth. It's a good thing the 48-year-old Chambliss has won five U.S. National Aerobatic championships, because the Edge can climb 3,700 feet per minute and reach speeds up to 265 miles per hour. The Edge is a two-seater where Vickers will ride in the front seat. At times, Chambliss will give Vickers the chance to control the plane because BV's seat has passenger controls.

SECOND ON THE CHARTS

AJ Allmendinger and the No. 84 team have reason for optimism heading into race No. 3. In January, the No. 84 was second fastest overall during the two-day test at 1.5-mile Las Vegas. In Friday's qualifying, Allmendinger will try to back up his 185.752-mph lap.

-credit: rbr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brian Vickers
Teams Red Bull Racing , HART