Darlington: Red Bull Racing race report

It's tight! It's loose! It's tight again! If you were listening to Brian Vickers on the radio Saturday night, you surely stopped counting the number of times he was fighting with the handling on his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota. Vickers kept on keeping...

It's tight! It's loose! It's tight again! If you were listening to Brian Vickers on the radio Saturday night, you surely stopped counting the number of times he was fighting with the handling on his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota. Vickers kept on keeping on even after The Lady in Black's countless attempts to end his day. Vickers list includes a soon-to-be flat tire that sent him in for an early pit stop, a heavy blow from the No. 12 car as the No. 83 was entering its pit, and finally, more than just a Darlington stripe when the No. 83 hit the wall in Turn 4. Vickers finished his night in 25th and remains 17th in overall points.

AJ Allmendinger was dealing with a tight car all race long, but kept his No. 84 Red Bull Toyota out of the wall and out of trouble – well, out of trouble that he could control. Midway through the race, the No. 84 lost its clutch, challenging the driver and Bull Crew to play it smart and careful each time they left the pits. Like his teammate, Allmendinger also had a tire going down and made the right call to change it out before disaster could strike. The No. 84 took the checkered in the 27th position, holding on to 40th in the overall standings.

Brian Vickers: "The car was inconsistent all night and none of our changes could fix it. We were also the only car that had to pit for fuel with four laps to go, yet we were on the same pit sequence as everyone else, so I'm not sure how that happened. On a positive note, we locked ourselves into the pit crew challenge with our race result tonight. I knew it was close so that was actually the first thing I asked when I took the checkered flag!"

AJ Allmendinger: "My car was tight all race long, but there were a lot of guys out there that were a lot worse off than I was. Darlington is just a tough track to race on and to struggle with anything for 500 miles makes for a long night. My crew chief kept telling me to focus on racing the race track, so that's what I did. We earned 27th and brought our car home all in one piece."

-credit: rbr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brian Vickers
Teams Red Bull Racing