Pocono: Red Bull Racing Team race report

TRICKED AT THE TRICKY TRIANGLE Go figure - fuel mileage decides a race at Pocono. Knowing the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota couldn't make it to the end of Sunday's Pocono 500 and thinking most other cars couldn't, either, crew chief Ryan Pemberton ...

TRICKED AT THE TRICKY TRIANGLE
Go figure - fuel mileage decides a race at Pocono.

Knowing the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota couldn't make it to the end of Sunday's Pocono 500 and thinking most other cars couldn't, either, crew chief Ryan Pemberton brought Brian Vickers down pit road under green on lap 181. The No. 83's previous stop came on lap 159, so they traded seventh place for fuel and right-side tires. The hope was that when pit stops cycled through Vickers would be back in the top 10, if not higher.

No dice. Most of the competition could make it to lap 200, and did. That left Vickers back in 21st at the checkered flag, as several cars picked up positions as the race went green the final 35 laps.

"I thought we were going to have a good finish," Vickers said. "We need to stop letting these get away from us. We should have had a solid top 10 today."

Vickers remained 17th in the Sprint Cup standings, but lost 12 points on the top 12. He's 143 points out with the Chase only 12 races away.

Rain cancelled Friday's practice and qualifying sessions, robbing rookie and No. 82 driver Scott Speed of needed track time. Saturday's two practices were a struggle at the unusual three-turn track, the race even more so. Speed finished 32nd, and has 41 points to gain on the top 35.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , Brian Vickers
Teams Red Bull Racing