The Red Bull Toyotas struggled at the back of the field Saturday night about as bad as the Dallas Cowboys struggle in December, which gave Red Bull Racing Team time for observation and reflection.
+ While Matt Kenseth was attempting to set a new land-speed record (the race pace was furiously fast) Kasey Kahne finished 21st and Brian Vickers 27th — two and four laps in arrears, respectively.
+ Digger, the “NASCAR on FOX” rodent-like cartoon character, apparently has a lady. Guess what? Mrs. Digger is just as annoying as Digger himself.
+ Though speeds are greatly reduced, those caution lights along the frontstretch fence have to be as distracting for drivers as the late-night fireworks that illuminate the Rolex 24.
+ Think we had it rough? Martin Truex Jr. absorbed a super-hard hit for the second consecutive week. Safety matters.
+ Kahne turns 31 years old today.
+ The Sprint All-Star Race is May 21 at Charlotte. While Vickers can race his way, plan B is to vote him in. Spread the word and click here.
+ Some TV personalities just shouldn’t rock the cowboy hat.
+ Post-Texas points report: Kahne slipped a spot in the standings to 16th — 27 points out of 10th; Vickers dropped two spots to 26th — 25 out of 20th.
+ Talladega’s coming up, and a restrictor-plate track just might give the Red Bull Toyotas a nice little pick-me-up. Vickers won there in October 2006, and Kahne’s finished second twice.
+ Pretty strong weekend for Red Bull athletes: golfers Rickie Fowler and Camilo Villegas made it to the weekend at The Masters; Memo Rojas won his third consecutive Daytona Prototype race in Alabama; Sebastian Vettel is 2-for-2 after a victory in Malaysia; Daron Rhalves earned his rightful place in the Ski Hall of Fame; and James Stewart ended an eight-race supercross drought in St. Louis.
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