DRAMA DOWN IN DIXIE Recapping the Red Bull Toyotas after a wild and record-setting day at Talladega Superspeedway: 82 . SCOTT SPEED START/FINISH: 20/15 TOP 15 AT TALLDEGA: There Speed was, minding his own business before his scheduled move...
DRAMA DOWN IN DIXIE
Recapping the Red Bull Toyotas after a wild and record-setting day at Talladega Superspeedway:
82 . SCOTT SPEED
TOP 15 AT TALLDEGA: There Speed was, minding his own business before his scheduled move to the front. Enter lap 182. Speed became a victim of circumstance as cars crashed on the top and into Speed's No. 82 Red Bull Toyota on the bottom. He went spinning through the tri-oval grass, and with only minimal damage the team was able to make quick repairs and get Speed back on the track. At the first attempt at a green-white- checkered, Speed was 28th. But he persevered through an action-packed series of events that sent the Aaron's 499 into a 12-lap overtime, and Speed squeezed out a 15th-place finish.
VITAL SIGNS: Dropped a spot to 21st in the standings. He's 133 points out of the top 12.
DISASTER AVERTED: "We did what we wanted to. We stayed out of the big ones. We did get caught up in one but nothing major, and we stayed on the lead lap. The green-white-checkers made me more nervous because you felt something coming." - Speed
STAT THAT MATTERS: Speed has finished in the top 20 in five of the nine races this season. He had only four top 20s in all of 2009, his rookie season.
83 . BRIAN VICKERS
TYPICAL TALLADEGA: Vickers led four times for 13 laps and had one of the cars to beat. Enter lap 189 - the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. Joey Logano's car made contact with Ryan Newman's in turn four, and all hell broke loose. The incident collected nine cars including Vickers, whose No. 83 Red Bull Toyota sustained heavy damage to the front and right side. The team made three stops for repairs, and Vickers stayed on the lead lap. But soon after, Vickers radioed "we are blowing up, guys." He shut it down for good on lap 195 and finished 29th.
VITAL SIGNS: Not good. BV dropped six spots in the standings to 25th. He's 166 points out of the top 12.
EMPTY HANDED: "I'm very disappointed. We ran up front all day and have nothing to show for it." - Vickers
STAT THAT MATTERS: Vickers' name will go down in history as one of a record 29 leaders that made a record 88 lead changes. The previous highs were 75 lead changes (May 6, 1984) and 28 lap leaders (Oct. 5, 2008). Both previous records also were set at Talladega.
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