Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.
Brian Vickers posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the AAA 500 at Texas. His top speed was 199.218 mph.
Brian Vickers finished 16th this spring in the STP 500 after starting 13th. On Friday, he picked up where he left off and qualified 17th for Sunday’s race.
Brian Vickers timed his lap correctly and was fastest in qualification for the Geico 500. His top speed in the final session was 196.129 mph.
Brian Vickers had a seesaw weekend. He qualified on the outside pole, but completely lost the handle during Saturday’s practice and recorded slow times. The team found the right setup for the race, however, and he finished 10th in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas.
After qualifying on the outside pole for the Hollywood Casino 400, Brian Vickers reported that his Toyota completely lost the handle on Saturday. He posted only the 23rd-fastest single lap in the morning session and was too loose to complete any long runs.
Brian Vickers has shown a fair amount of consistency on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. In seven starts, he has earned top-15s in five races.
Brian Vickers established himself as a contender to finish in the top 10 when he posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session. He fulfilled on that promise with a 10th-place finish on Sunday.
Brian Vickers posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session. He logged a speed of 134.401 mph from his fourth to 13th laps on the track.
Brian Vickers entered the Camping World RV Sales 301 this July with a five-race, top-15 streak and looked like he might be a solid dark horse. He qualified 17th, but never found the handle and finished outside the top 20.
Brian Vickers was scheduled to race Chassis No. 814 which Clint Bowyer drove to a 16th-place finish at Indy. He crashed it in practice, however, and gets into Chassis No. 812, which was last run at Dover.
Brian Vickers cut a left rear tire and slammed the turn one wall hard in the final practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400. The damage was extensive enough to require a backup car.
Nine of Brian Vickers’ last 10 Atlanta attempts have ended in top-15 finishes. He missed the 2010 and 2012 fall races on this track, however.
Brian Vickers may have the best opportunity to become NASCAR’s next unique winner this season. He enters the Irwin Tools Night Race with a five-race, top-10 streak at Bristol of which three results are top-fives.