Talladega: Red Bull Racing race report

Brian Vickers spun all by his lonesome leaving pit road early in the Aaron's 499. Vickers, in his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, was "trying to dodge an official and not hit the No. 20 car." Later in the race, Vickers restarted from deep in a pack of...

Brian Vickers spun all by his lonesome leaving pit road early in the Aaron's 499. Vickers, in his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, was "trying to dodge an official and not hit the No. 20 car." Later in the race, Vickers restarted from deep in a pack of cars, but soon found himself with a naked rear end after a close encounter - the rear-end plate on his No. 83 was laying on the track! But in typical Talladega fashion, it all added up to Red Bull Racing Team's first top-five finish of the season. Vickers No. 83 Red Bull Toyota led four laps Sunday, and climbed four spots – tied for 15th in owners points standings. He's 35 points out of the top 12.

Teammate AJ Allmendinger, showed off his silver No. 84 Red Bull Toyota after a 5-race hiatus, by earning a career-best starting position of fourth for Sunday's race. He played it safe in the back for most of the race, but took the opportunity when it came knocking by cracking into the top-15 midway through the race, and later leading a lap. Allmendinger was poised for a 27th place finish before a last-lap tractor beam of spinning cars sucked his No. 84 home in 30th. The No. 84 remains 40th in owners points standings, just 138 points shy of the top 35.

Brian Vickers: "The caution at the end of the race hurt us. I really think we would have had a chance at the win. Denny (Hamlin) and I worked really well together all day. We were both there at the end and could have made a run for it. I'm extremely happy with a top-5 finish though and we were able to gain back a couple of spots in the points. I'm so proud of this team."

AJ Allmendinger: "We had a really good race car, but we were getting killed on the restarts just trying to get up to speed. On the last restart, I knew we were in line for a good finish, so I was trying to lay back in the pack and not get caught up in any wrecks. Unfortunately, I got clipped, ended up sliding into the grass and got clipped again. I'm not really sure what happened after that, but I couldn't get my car going again and we got passed by a couple cars since we couldn't get across the start/finish line."

-credit: rbr

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