Full of Bull: Brian Vickers, Scott Speed Run Strong in Sin City

David PhillipsAnalyst IMarch 4, 2009

Hello race fans. I'm sorry for the delay on getting the series out this week, but with snow and work, I had little to no time to release it.

Viva Las Vegas! Team Red Bull had a great trip to Sin City. After having to change two engines before the race, both Brian Vickers and Scott Speed had to start in the back after making the unapproved change. The duo bounced back, however, to run well at Las Vegas.

Speed's first trip to the Las Vegas track saw the rookie driver snatch his first pole in his first-ever Nationwide race. However, after running a good race in the No. 99 MWR Red Bull machine, Speed got caught up in someone else's wreck,

In Sunday's Sprint Cup Race, Speed ran well all day, logging laps and staying out of trouble, which is exactly what he needed. He finished one lap down in 21st.

Speed currently sits 36th in drivers' standings, moving up five spots this week

Vickers, meanwhile, secured his second top-10 of the season and his best finish at the Las Vegas track with an eighth-place finish. In doing so, he also proved he will be a force to be reckoned with in 2009.

Vickers is currently 17th in the standings, moving up nine spots after Las Vegas.



"Hotlanta" will be the first track Speed actually has experience on, having previously qualified 34th and finishing 34th. Speed also lead one lap, so he should have a very good showing. He just has to worry about completing laps.

In 11 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Vickers has an average start of 17th and an average finish of 19th, only leading six laps in those 11 starts. He finished ninth in the early Atlanta race in 2008 after starting 35th.

Vickers will definitely be on my fantasy team as we go to Atlanta.



This is a new part to my series. Speed should finish in the 18-25th range, while Vickers should have a top-five finish.