Talladega II: Red Bull Racing Team preview

HALLOWEEN. TALLADEGA. NEED WE SAY MORE? 82. SCOTT SPEED CLIPPED AT THE PAPERCLIP: Scott Speed, who made his debut at Martinsville Speedway in October 2008, finished 23rd on Sunday in the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota. He overcame an afternoon full of...

HALLOWEEN. TALLADEGA. NEED WE SAY MORE?

82. SCOTT SPEED

CLIPPED AT THE PAPERCLIP: Scott Speed, who made his debut at Martinsville Speedway in October 2008, finished 23rd on Sunday in the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota. He overcame an afternoon full of issues for his best Martinsville result in five races - namely a sluggish motor because of a wire plug problem and a pretty intense run-in with Sam Hornish Jr. And he still managed to finish 23rd.

THE DRIVE TO (TOP) FIVE: Talladega Superspeedway is the site of Speed’s first top-five finish at the Sprint Cup level. You may remember that day - April 26, 2009 - when Carl Edwards’ car was cleared for landing near the start-finish line on the final lap as Speed took evasive action and roared past the wreckage. Earlier this spring, he finished 15th.

VITAL SIGNS: Ranks 27th in the driver standings, but still 179 points behind 26th-place Marcos Ambrose.

TOP OF THE LIST: Statistically, Talladega is Speed’s best track. The 2.66- mile, high-banked oval ranks first on Speed’s average finish list at 15.7. Las Vegas/Homestead (21.5), Texas (22.3), Kansas (23.8) and Daytona/Charlotte (23.8) round out the top five.

83. KASEY KAHNE

KAHNE + 83 + FIRST RACE = 14TH: The end result of a whirlwind four days was a 14th-place finish at Martinsville. Not bad considering Kahne was fitted for a seat Thursday after joining Red Bull Racing Team that morning and opened the weekend 29th in practice and 33rd in qualifying. He continued the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota’s string of strong performances at NASCAR’s shortest track - four times the car has finished 14th or better in the past five Martinsville races.

ALL OVER THE MAP: Kahne’s had finishes up and down the scoring tower at Talladega. Twice he’s finished second (October 2006 and November 2009), but he’s also ended up 30th or worse four times. The key to Talladega, Kahne said, is “getting in the right line with the right drivers behind you. You just never know who they’re going to be. You just never really know, but you try to make the right guess and hope that it works out.”

VITAL SIGNS: The No. 83 ranks 26th in the car owner standings - 61 points behind the 25th-place No. 12 car. Kahne sits 21st in the driver standings.

DOWN THE STRETCH HE COMES: At the four remaining tracks - Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead - Kahne has an average finish of 20.7, but he owns one victory (Texas, April 2006), seven top fives and 10 top 10s.

-source: rbrt

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Scott Speed , Carl Edwards , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Red Bull Racing