Solid Run For Team Red Bull

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Scott Speed and Brian Vickers posted 11th and 12th-place finishes, respectively, Sunday in the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway and continued Team Red Bull's strong start to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Speed led Sunday's race, the second straight weekend the No. 82 Toyota was in front of the field, and was pleased with another stellar weekend performance.

"Awesome weekend," Speed said. "I mean -- I can't say enough. I didn't think we would run as good as we did, honestly. We legitimately ran in the top-10 for the last half of the race, once we got track position. For this being the beginning of my second year here pretty much -- I'm really, really happy."

Helping Speed come home with the 11th-place finish were a series of adjustments crew chief Jimmy Elledge made on the car that kept the No. 82 competitive.

"We started the race -- we started 13th -- we started the race way too tight," Speed explained. "We were gambling for the track to kind of do what it did last time. Which is fine -- we took an educated guess at it. We missed and we were able to regroup. We loosened the back up and the speed came back and we started flying again."

The wet weather that was around the Fontana area played a big factor in the race including track conditions as well as strategy, which almost worked in Speed's favor.

"I swear -- we almost pulled a Joey Logano there, as well," Speed smiled. "I would have laughed my ass off if we would have won that race under rain like he did. We put ourselves in the best position every single time the rain was coming. Really, if you take the whole weekend -- this weekend we really did close to 100%."

While Speed's teammate Vickers came home right in 12th place, he didn't see the weekend as positively.

"It was disappointing," Vickers said. "We had a good car. I think we had a top-five car. A couple of times -- just pit strategy, two (tires) or four (tires) got us off base. The one time we stayed out because it was raining, we kept running and everybody short- pitted.

"They should have thrown the caution because it was raining pretty hard, and they didn't. And we lost a lot of ground with everybody short-pitting. They had new tires. That pretty much got us behind the rest of the day. They threw the caution out right after that and on pit road they made the wrong adjustment by accident, and we were just way, way, way too loose."

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