For most of Saturday night, Brian Vickers doubted his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota would even see the finish of the Dan Lowry 400. No series of adjustments could cure the No. 83's tight condition, and when the No. 15 pinched Brian into the turn-four...
For most of Saturday night, Brian Vickers doubted his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota would even see the finish of the Dan Lowry 400. No series of adjustments could cure the No. 83's tight condition, and when the No. 15 pinched Brian into the turn-four wall on lap 219, the car's handling -- which BV admitted was already abysmal -- got that much worse with right-front and steering damage.
"I don't know what happened to change the car's handling so much from practice Friday to the race tonight, but something was off big-time," said Brian, who slipped to 17th in points after a 28th- place finish. "The car was extremely tight all day, and nothing we tried corrected the problem. It was too tight to even be racing with other cars."
Tight was a term often used by AJ Allmendinger, too. AJ was having an impressive run in the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota setting his team's hopes high that at a top-15 finish was in sight. Unfortunately, after completing 259 laps, Allmendinger had a run-in with the No. 00 rookie that sent him into spin cycle, ending his day early. AJ finished 39th and remains 40th in overall standings. Frustrated, but not deterred, No. 84 Crew Chief Rick Viers vows that their luck will change.
"We haven't caught a break yet, but we keep trying every weekend and we're not going to give up," said Viers. "When we do catch a break, it's going to be a big one it's going to be in victory lane. It's like catching fish. You go after the Big One.'"
Brian Vickers: "This was not the night we wanted. At least we finished the race -- for a while there I didn't think we would. Our car was way too tight and I purposely hung back at one point to avoid causing an accident. After an incident with the No. 15, the car got messed up even more. It felt like something was going to break after that, but nothing ever did. It just wasn't our night."
AJ Allmendinger: "At the start of the race, we had a great car, but as the race went on we just got tighter and tighter to the point where I was just fighting with the car. I'm not sure what happened with the wreck. I just lost my brakes or something and unfortunately McDowell was an innocent bystander and got taken out too."