Loudon II: Red Bull Racing preview

LOUDON: SIGHT FOR SORE EYES Brian Vickers finished 36th Sunday at Richmond after a right-front tire failed and the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota pasted the frontstretch wall. AJ Allmendinger ended up 43rd after the No. 84 encountered early mechanical...

LOUDON: SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

Brian Vickers finished 36th Sunday at Richmond after a right-front tire failed and the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota pasted the frontstretch wall. AJ Allmendinger ended up 43rd after the No. 84 encountered early mechanical trouble.

That sums up Richmond. Enter New Hampshire.

Brian finished 16th in Red Bull Racing Team's last visit to the flat, 1.058-mile track in June. He owns a pole (July 2005) and five finishes of 17th or better in his past six races there. AJ qualified 10th in June, but a broken oil line doomed his day.

As for points, Brian sits 15th — 193 out of 13th and a $1 million bonus. AJ is 10 points out of the red in the car owner standings in 34th.

FOUR WHEELS, THEN TWO

Friday, he'll visit the new drag strip outside Charlotte, N.C. Next he'll race Saturday at the tiny track in Salem, Ind. And then Scott Speed's off to the Brickyard for Sunday's inaugural running of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

That's quite a weekend of motorsports — drag racing, stock car racing and MotoGP all rolled into three days.

"MotoGP is awesome," Scott said. "I haven't been in a few years since Jerez (Spain), so I am very excited about going to Indy this weekend. I have a ton of respect for the guys that ride those bikes. They are ridiculously fast and somewhat crazy if you ask me. Red Bull's Nicky Hayden is a badass, so it's fun to root him on. I would love to have had talent on two wheels other than four, but I don't so all I can do is watch."

In April, Scott finished fifth at Salem Speedway — an abrasive, high-banked half-mile oval that's sure to test his 50-point lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings with only four races remaining.

"Salem is really, really rough. It's like Bristol, but it's a bit more difficult to drive," said Scott, who finished third in Saturday's ARCA race at Chicago. "It's going to be one of those things — qualifying well and stay out of trouble. The lapped cars are a bit crazy. The name of the game is to keep it clean."

On the horizon is Scott's next Craftsman Truck start. He'll drive Bill Davis Racing's No. 22 Red Bull Toyota on Sept. 20 at Las Vegas.

NO. 2 - NO. 22 - NO. 82

Speaking of Speed, the Red Bull development driver will partake in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test Sept. 23-24 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He'll drive the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota.

"All of the testing I've done has gone really, really well," he said. "I feel the car really well and get along with everyone. We'll go out there for a couple days and see how we fit in with everyone else, see how we compare and run alongside Brian and AJ and see if my feedback is the same as theirs."

Speed, who recently tested a Cup car at Nashville and Kentucky, will test alongside teammates Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger.

-credit: redbull

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , Brian Vickers , Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Teams Red Bull Racing , Bill Davis Racing