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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Vickers returned to Martinsville Speedway with something to prove. After missing both races last year, he qualified third for Sunday’s STP 500.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Vickers’ crew chief has said that even though Brian Vickers has not been in a restrictor-plate superspeedway race since 2014.
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.
Brian Vickers will begin driving the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet today as he and the team prepare for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited.