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Brian Vickers

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Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170

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Brian Vickers made five starts at the beginning of the season subbing for an injured Tony Stewart and scored two top-15s (.400) in the process.
Unfortunately, he was not able to avoid misfortune in his other three efforts and finished outside the top 25 three times. Two of these were occasioned by crash damage and one with a malfunctioning axle. It is uncertain if Vickers will get a chance to substitute again in 2017 because of recurring problems with blood clots, but if he does and he is in good equipment, he deserves a second look. Mon, Nov 28, 2016 11:31:00 AM

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Brian Vickers was not expected to run this season, which made him incredibly cheap in most salary cap games. He got off to a slow start with two results outside the top 25 at Daytona International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, then rebounded to finish 13th at Auto Club Speedway and seventh at Martinsville Speedway.

Just when fantasy owners started to trust him, however, he crashed out of his final attempt at Texas Motor Speedway. Vickers should stay on fantasy owners’ radar screens, however, in case he gets pressed into a relief role later in the season for another driver.
Sat, May 21, 2016 04:46:00 PM

On the heels of Thursday’s announcement that Tony Stewart will return to the cockpit of the No. 14 this week at Richmond International Raceway, fantasy players should take a minute to check all of their lineups to insure that neither Brian Vickers nor Ty Dillon is listed as active. Vickers is currently listed as the active driver in this week’s entry list.

This team will begin to develop some chemistry now, but with more than 20 percent of the schedule already in the books, it will take some time for Stewart to be fantasy relevant. The No. 14 is of lesser value to players today than when they had the two part time drivers behind the wheel.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 01:28:00 PM

Speeds picked up in the second round of qualification with the top several drivers going faster than they did in round one. Brian Vickers did not pick up speed; he slowed after getting loose in turns 1 and 2 and slipped to 13th on the chart.

Vickers enters the weekend with back-to-back top-15s in his last two starts. He remains modestly priced in most games and should continue to be a good value at Texas Motor Speedway.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 03:38:00 PM

Brian Vickers was strong all weekend at Martinsville Speedway with solid practices and a qualification effort of third. He capped off the weekend with a seventh-place finish in the STP 500.

This came on the heels of a 13th last week at Auto Club Speedway and gives him momentum heading into Texas Motor Speedway. He was one of the best values at his level and should be highly regarded before next week’s contest on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. Vickers most recent top-10 previous to this weekend came in the fall 2014 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, which was only 13 races ago for the beleaguered racer.
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Brian Vickers posted the fastest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session for the STP 500. His top speed of 95.336 mph was set from laps four through 13.

Vickers has looked solid in every practice this week and he qualified third. Like outside pole sitter and the fastest driver in Saturday morning Kasey Kahne, Vickers can be trouble-prone, but he is worth the risk at his cap level in most games.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 11:39:00 AM

Brian Vickers returned to Martinsville Speedway with something to prove. After missing both races last year, he qualified third for Sunday’s STP 500.

In his only attempt of 2013, Vickers finished 11th after starting third, but as a part time driver this week, expectations are not as high and a finish anywhere near the top 10 would make him a good value.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 07:21:00 PM

Brian Vickers has made only three starts this year in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, but each of them has been marred by some incident. Last week he overcame a blown tire to finish 13th, however.

Vickers was momentarily the last driver on the track after his lap-25 incident and his recovery was remarkable. His other results have been bad enough to give him a 28th-place average finish that ties him for 28th on the chart with Greg Biffle.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 12:33:00 PM

Brian Vickers cut a tire or melted a bead on lap 25 of the Auto Club 400. He was awarded a Free Pass on lap 50 and methodically worked his way back into the top 15. He salvaged a 13th-place finish.

That was Vickers fourth consecutive top-15 on this track, dating back to 2010. His last appearance on this track came in 2014 and ended in a seventh-place result after that race also went into overtime.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 11:10:00 PM

The Kobalt 400 will mark Brian Vickers’ 320th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and 10th career Sprint Cup start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He will make his second start of 2016 in Stewart-Haas Racing’s (SHR) No. 14 Chevy replacing Tony Stewart, who is recuperating from an offseason accident. Vickers raced well in the No. 14 during Daytona Speedweeks, battling with the leaders in the final 40 laps before finishing 26th in the Daytona 500 two weekends ago. Vickers has enjoyed some success at the 1.5-mile track north of the Las Vegas Strip. In nine races, he owns two top-10 finishes and led a lap.-SHR
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 08:06:00 PM

Ty Dillon and Brian Vickers will share the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in the coming weeks, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. Dillon will be in the car this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway and later at Phoenix International Raceway. Vickers will drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Dillon has only two previous starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He was consistent with a 25th in the 2014 Atlanta race and 26th last May at Kansas Speedway. Vickers most recent start on this track type came last March at Vegas, where he scored a 15th-place finish for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Tue, Feb 23, 2016 11:06:00 AM

The Stewart-Haas No. 4 Chevrolet driven by former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and the SHR No. 14 Chevy -- currently wheeled by Brian Vickers in place of the injured Tony Stewart -- were found with track bars out of compliance with NASCAR specifications.

Harvick had posted the 14th-fastest lap and Vickers the 21st-fastest before their qualifying times were disallowed. Rodney Childers, crew chief for SHR's No. 4, said on Twitter after the qualifying session that the violation "was a simple mistake on our part." He explained that the team had measured the track bar from a different spot than NASCAR officials, resulting in a quarter-inch discrepancy.
Mon, Feb 15, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Brian Vickers’ crew chief has said that even though Brian Vickers has not been in a restrictor-plate superspeedway race since 2014.

The last time Vickers was at Daytona, he finished second in the summer Pepsi 400, however, so he is a solid plate racer. Unfortunately that doesn’t always keep drivers from experiencing trouble and Vickers cut a tire before triggering a multi-car crash
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 08:57:00 PM

Brian Vickers ran the second-most laps in the first practice session for the Sprint Unlimited. He logged 28 circuits around the track, which was two fewer than Joey Logano.

Vickers is returning to the seat of a NASCAR Cup car after a long medical hiatus and needs the seat time. He was also quick with the fifth-best 10-lap average of 196.33 mph and was one of only four drivers (along with Logano, Kyle Larson, and Kasey Kahne) to run at least 15 consecutive laps.
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 06:10:00 PM

Brian Vickers will begin driving the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet today as he and the team prepare for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited.

On Sunday, Vickers will pilot the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in qualifying for the Daytona 500 before racing it again on Thursday in the Can-Am Duel and, finally, in the 58th running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 21. Vickers is a three-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series and was the 2003 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion. His best Sprint Cup finish at Daytona is a second-place result in the 2014 Coke Zero 400. His first career Sprint Cup victory came in 2006 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, the sister track to Daytona. The 2016 Daytona 500 will mark Vickers’ ninth start in the Great American Race. An interim driver for the No. 14 team in the races following Daytona has not been determined.-Stewart Haas Racing
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM