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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Red Bull Racing Team’s latest reconnaissance mission wrapped up Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, and the No. 4 and 83 teams brought plenty of intel back to base. Including:

+ The Red Bull Toyotas looked stout, as drivers Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers both posted top-10 speeds in three of the four drafting sessions.

+ T-minus 28 days to the Daytona 500 (as of Sunday, Jan. 23).

+ No need for Vickers to shake off any rust. Already under his belt in 2011 are tests at Daytona and Disney, and “I caught a lobster (in the Bahamas) that I couldn’t even fit two hands around. I was pretty excited about that. Tasted good, too.”

+ As usual, our cars stand out in a crowd. A tip of the cap goes to the paint department.

+ Vickers’ No. 83 and Kahne’s No. 4 were sixth and seventh, respectively, in Saturday afternoon’s drafting session. Two-car drafting was the theme, and the top 14 speeds of the three-day test came on Saturday.

+ As NASCAR managing director of competition John Darby put it, teams were working out their “anxiety” about Daytona’s recent repaving. We got a taste of the new surface during December’s tire test, but the full review is in. And guess what? Daytona’s surface is smooth. Really smooth.

+ There’s nothing thunderous about single-car runs.

+ And yes, the No. 83 that Vickers drives is silver.

HOW WE STACKED UP
The speeds from the Jan. 20-22 test session at Daytona:

THURSDAY
AM

1. 33, Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 48.855 seconds, 184.219 mph
23. 83, Brian Vickers, Toyota, 49.668, 181.203
28. 4, Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 49.781, 180.792
PM (drafting)
1. 00, David Reutimann, Toyota, 45.970, 195.780
3. 83, Brian Vickers, Toyota, 46.312, 194.334
4. 4, Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 46.312, 194.334
FRIDAY
PM (drafting)

1. 11, Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 45.716, 196.868
6. 83, Brian Vickers, Toyota, 45.955, 195.844
10. 4, Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 46.170, 194.932
SATURDAY
AM (drafting)

1. 20, Joey Logano, Toyota, 45.566, 197.516
22. 83, Brian Vickers, Toyota, 49.396, 182.201
26. 4, Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 49.506, 181.796
PM (drafting)
1. 2, Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 45.316, 198.605
6. 83, Brian Vickers, Toyota, 45.533, 197.659
7. 4, Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 45.533, 197.659
CUMULATIVE (three days)
1. 2, Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 45.316, 198.605 (Saturday PM)
6. 83, Brian Vickers, Toyota, 45.533, 197.659 (Saturday PM)
7. 4, Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 45.533, 197.659 (Saturday PM)


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