Atlanta: Red Bull Racing Team race report

The 4th race in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finally saw both Red Bull Toyota's in the field. Brian Vickers No. 83 team had a race full of highlights including knocking off 10 positions in just 20 laps, earning the free pass to get...

The 4th race in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finally saw both Red Bull Toyota's in the field.

Brian Vickers No. 83 team had a race full of highlights including knocking off 10 positions in just 20 laps, earning the free pass to get his lap back on two separate occasions, leading a lap for five bonus points, and being one of only 13 cars to finish the race on the lead lap. As the race was winding down, Vickers looked poised for a solid 10th-place finish, but 10th just wasn't good enough for the Red Bull driver. He wanted 9th - and he took it. The hustle put forth by the Red Bull Racing Team paid off with their first top-10 finish of the season, and their first lap led.

The No. 83 moved from 13th to 9th in the overall points standings, locking them into the top-35 after next weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Brian's response? Sweet!

Veteran NASCAR driver Mike Skinner piloted AJ Allmendinger's No. 84 Red Bull Toyota in an effort to provide a new perspective on the performance of the car. Valiant efforts were made to produce a competitive race car, but the 500-mile race turned into a 500-mile test session. From green flag to checkered, Skinner described the car as "treacherously loose."

Despite relentless rounds of adjustments by the Red Bull Racing crew, the handling of the car could only be improved enough to capture a 27th-place finish. The results helped Mike Skinner bump the No. 84 up in the overall points standings, from 46th to 43rd. The 36-race season requires steady progress like a marathon, not a sprint, marking round 1 with Skinner a success. +

Brian Vickers: "The team did a great job today, and I'm pumped about our first top-ten finish of the year! The top-35 rule is so stressful. I felt like I was racing for a championship today, trying to get every spot at the end of the race that I could! Everything just seems to be clicking for us right now and that's a great feeling."

Mike Skinner: "The car was so loose throughout the whole race, that none of our adjustments could even fix the handling of the car. But these guys never gave up trying and that's half the battle. We managed to keep the fenders on used the entire 500 miles to really evaluate the car. This was a test session and it showed us that we've still got a lot of work to do."

-credit: rbrt

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Brian Vickers
Teams Red Bull Racing