Red Bull: A Team That Could Win in 2008

Mike DiMauro@miked31784Senior Writer IJune 8, 2008

In 2006, the team began it's NASCAR journey, but it landed them nowhere. They were trying to get into three races towards the end of the season with A.J. Allmendinger and Bill Elliott, but they did not qualify for them.

The 2007 season did not start well. Both the #83 of Brian Vickers and the #84 of A.J. Allmendinger did not make the Daytona 500 field.

One week later, however, the team finally struck gold that it was looking for in California—finally, Team Red Bull qualified for a race with Vickers!

Allmendinger in the mean time would have to wait until the spring race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. At the Coca-Cola 600 later in the year, Vickers gave Toyota it's first Top Five finish.

Let's jump forward to 2008.

Allmendinger would begin the season like he did in 2007, missing starts and having Mike Skinner making a few starts to improve in the owner points. In the meantime, Vickers qualified for every race, and has stayed in the top 35 in points.

Vickers had a few close finishes in 2008, with a second place finish in Pocono 500. Vickers and Team Red Bull is the team that you need to keep your eye on because they are running strong and finishing strong, and by the end of the 2008 season, you could see a non-Joe Gibbs' Toyota in victory lane, and there is a possibility that it could also land Vickers a spot in the Chase.