Red Bull Resurgence Continues

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Brian Vickers brought his Red Bull Racing Camry home second in Sunday's Pocono 500 for his best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish since joining the Toyota team last season.

The runner-up finish continued the recent upswing for Vickers and the entire team which also includes teammate A.J. Allmendinger who finished 12th on Sunday.

"It means a lot," said Vickers of the team's best finish to date on Sunday. "I'm so proud of these guys today. They did it all last night and today because we were a bucket yesterday in practice. They did a lot of changes and I'm real proud of them."

Vickers kept his Toyota near the front of the field during much of the 200-lap race and seemed to get better as the day went on.

"I felt like we had the best car on the race track at the end of the race, we just didn't have any tires," Vickers said. "We did the strategy that we had to do. Kevin (Hamlin, crew chief) made a good call. Hopefully, one day we'll get a win here. We've had a lot of those."

After struggling greatly in the team's debut season a year ago and at the early part of 2008, the Red Bull squad has made impressive improvement in the last few weeks.

"Some of it's just time," Vickers said of the turnaround. "You can't replace time and experience. Some of it is people, and in this sport, it's all about people. Jay Frye (general manager) coming on board has been great leadership from the top. It always starts from the top down, but there's been a lot of other people. Jay has been a large part of it, but I don't want to give him all the credit. There's a lot of people that have come on board and a lot of great people that are still there from last year that just have not been able do what they wanted to do."

Vickers believes better things are still ahead as the team's personnel continues to mesh.

"The people that are there are stronger and, as a team we've definitely stepped it up on the engines," he said. "I still feel like we have a little ways to go. The Hendrick cars were killing me on restarts. But, I'm really proud of those guys. I want to give them credit
where credit is due."

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