Redbull, Scott Speed Finally Settle Lawsuit

As if NASCAR doesn’t provide enough intensity on the track when cars are racing at speeds of 200 MPH or more around the circuits, and drivers pit their wits and grit against one another for the coveted NASCAR Sprint Cup, there is equally as much intensity off the track.

Scott Speed, the former driver for Red Bull Racing, who was released from his contract in November of 2011, and who was promptly replaced by Brian Vickers, filed suit against the energy drink maker in December, citing that his firing was a “violation of contract.”

Speed got his start in Formula One racing in 2005, but did not see many victories during this two year endeavor in that sport, ultimately changing over to NASCAR in 2008, after a very brief one year stint in the ARCA series. Widely known for his uncontrollable outbursts and flaring temper that have long dogged his reputation, he drove mostly unsponsored for 2011 until Red Bull Racing picked him up to add to their roster.

Notably, a few months later, Redbull dropped him. They also announced at the end of this year that they would not be sponsoring any drivers for 2012 or competing in any NASCAR events; a shock to the NASCAR nation that is still making its reverberations. With the demise of Redbull’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Team also goes their other two drivers, Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers, as well as other employees for the team that are now job hunting in for the 2012 season.

While there has not been a public announcement on the exact amounts of the settlement, sufficed to say that it was enough to make Speed satisfied and to end the lawsuit out of court. For Speed, the amount he gets should hopefully bide him for quite some time. He only has a sponsor for a part time 2012 NASCAR schedule with Leavine Family Racing. And if his temper continues to get the better of him, chances are that he will find them (his new sponsor) leaving him in a hurry and just as fast as Redbull did.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Prediction: Five Drivers to Watch

We are pretty danged excited for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, are you? With so many promising drivers, it would be very difficult to name the best of the best, or to go into great details about all of them without penning a nonfiction novel in the process of doing so. There are, however, five NASCAR drivers that we think that all avid fans of this stock car racing sport should be taking notes on in 2012. Without further ado, our top drivers to watch in 2012 are as follows.

#5: Kurt Busch will be racing for the Phoenix Racing team during the 2012 season, and has much potential for winning races and being a thorn on the heels of other drivers. With an engine that is manufactured by Hendrick Motorsports, which made the engines for the past six NASCAR Sprint Cup championship teams, Busch has the talents to get it done on the track. We predict he will win at least two races this year.

#4: A.J. Allmendinger should be able to notch his first career race in 2012. With Roger Penske behind him – and a super diligent staff with plenty of funds for a great car and a backup car –

Allmendinger should have the clout to finally notch that win he’s been seeking.

#3: Brad Keselowski will contend for the Sprint Cup title. This does sound outlandish, but Keselowski was amazing in 2011, and is on the well funded Miller Lite Penske Dodge team. With him back in action after a horrifying accident that he survived at Road Atlanta, expect him to go for gold in 2012.

#2: Kyle Busch will still be the subject of AP scrutiny. This topic is getting old, and in spite of what people may think of him, he is still a very capable driver. Perhaps he will stamp out the media banter by notching some impressive wins in 2012; we sure think so.

#1: Jimmie Johnson will overtake Tony Stewart. The 2011 race was very close, but Stewart had a come-from-behind second half of the season. This year, if Stewart doesn’t watch his back, Jimmie Johnson, no stranger to titles, will be hard on his heels to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.