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Team: Stewart Haas Racing-14
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170

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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. Feb 12 - 6:10 PM

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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
Feb 12 - 12:00 PM

Brian Vickers will drive the No. 14 if he is approved by NASCAR to return to the seat of a Cup car, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. Vickers has missed much of the past several seasons as he battled blood clots.

Vickers is a solid driver and this team is capable of performing to the level of teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch, but fantasy owners should be a little leery because there could be a little rust on the racer.
Feb 10 - 6:14 PM

Brian Vickers announced on Fox Sports’ Raceday Sunday morning that he will be on blood thinners for at least three months. No announcement has been made about his semi-permanent replacement, but speculation surrounds Brett Moffitt.

The team will continue to be strong, but Moffitt will not show the same strength as Vickers. He will also be less expensive in most games, however, which makes him a solid fantasy pick.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 02:41:00 PM

Brian Vickers will not race this week because of a reoccurrence of blood clots and the need for blood thinners, according to Michael Waltrip Racing. He will be replaced behind the wheel by Brett Moffitt.

It is unknown how many races Vickers will miss this time, but Moffitt has ably run the car in the past.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Brian Vickers will roll off the grid Sunday from a position with which he is familiar. He qualified 18th for the 500 and that is the sixth time in his last seven starts he lined up between 16th and 21st.

Nearly all of his race results ended outside the top 20 in that span. Last year he qualified well in ninth and still could only produce a 19th-place finish, so he will not be a fantasy favorite this week.
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 12:26:00 AM

It might have taken Brian Vickers a couple of weeks to get back into the rhythm of driving a heavy stock car, but it didn’t. Vickers finished 15th in the Kobalt 400 and remained on the lead lap until the closing minutes of the race.

That was Vickers’ first top-15 since last fall’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas, however, so fantasy players may still want to evaluate him for a week or two before committing resources.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 10:49:00 AM

Brian Vickers scored nine top-10s in 36 races last year, but there is one trend he would like to see disappear. Vickers finished worse than he qualified in two-thirds of his 2014 attempts.

Vickers qualified in the top 10 a dozen times, but he only managed to hold onto to a top-10 finish once when he fell from second to 10th in the Hollywood Casino 400. Fantasy owners will want to play cautiously until they know if this negative trend will continue.
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Doctors have medically cleared Brian Vickers to return to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in early March, three months after corrective heart surgery.

Vickers will make his season debut in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8. MWR co-founder and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 in the 57th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. MWR will name a substitute driver for the March 1 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway later.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 08:02:00 PM

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.

Vickers statement: "First, I want to thank everyone for their sincere support. I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that will be the case again. My previous experiences have given me a very keen understanding of my body. Late last week I knew something wasn’t right, so I went to the hospital to be checked out. Following several tests, it was discovered that my body was rejecting an artificial patch that was inserted in 2010 to fix a hole in my heart. Saturday, I had to have corrective surgery to repair the hole and now I am beginning the recovery process. I will need plenty of time, rest and rehab but this temporary setback will not stop me from pursuing my dream of becoming a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion."-Michael Waltrip Racing
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 09:29:00 PM

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.

The speeds were rising quickly in the closing laps, so fantasy owners should not be surprised to see even faster times in Friday night’s qualification session. Any of the top five should be considered a favorite to score the pole. Behind Vickers, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 02:34:00 PM

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.

Vickers’ last four races on this track ended in top-20 finishes, so fantasy owners should expect a result in the same general range this week.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 09:39:00 PM

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.

Starting position is not particularly important on the plate tracks, but rolling off up front will give Vickers, Jimmie Johnson, AJ Allmendinger, and Ryan Blaney the best opportunity miss an early accident if that becomes an issue.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 05:41:00 PM

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.

That was the second top-10 for Vickers since the road course of Watkins Glen and it made him one of five non-Chase contenders to finish in the top 10. Kansas success often predicts an equally strong run at Charlotte, so Vickers should be encouraged about his odds of finishing in the top 15.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 09:52:00 PM

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.

Vickers’ has suffered through seesaw races a number of times this season. When he finishes on a high note he is a great value, but uncertainty is dangerous for fantasy owners.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 11:59:00 AM