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Team: Michael Waltrip Racing-55
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170

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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 Jan 21 - 8:02 PM

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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

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.

Vickers’ best finish on this track type in 2014 season was a fourth in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas, but he barely cracked the top 15 at Kansas with a 14th. He is most likely to finish in the mid-teens this week again, and could provide a good fantasy value as a result.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 10:44:00 AM

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.

Fantasy owners need to be aware of the trends on a track and who is fastest in practice. Make certain to follow @Rotoworld_Auto on Twitter for weekend updates such as these.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:31:00 PM

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.

Conditions were much cooler in this session than drivers will face on Sunday, but everyone had the same set of circumstances. Vickers may have a long run car and could surge at the end of the Sylvania 300.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 11:37:00 AM

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.

He will be focused on regaining his momentum to get back inside the top 15. His single bad run this summer could be considered a fluke and allow fantasy players to take a risk on the No. 55 if Vickers practices well.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 04:14:00 PM

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.

Vickers finished 43rd in the FedEx 400, but that was because of an engine failure. He qualified 18th on Friday and has a chance to finish in the top 15. Winning will be a tall order, so making the Chase is in serious jeopardy.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 09:23:00 PM

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.

Vickers was fourth-fastest in the first practice and logged the 10th-quickest lap over a 10-lap session. Fantasy owners will want to see how quickly he manages to get up to speed in the backup car, but he could still be considered a strong dark horse for this weekend’s race.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 01:08:00 PM

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.

Vickers continues to be a compelling choice for fantasy owners, but last week’s struggle at Bristol have them questioning his ability to stay out of trouble. If a player needs a strong differentiator, Vickers fits the criteria so long as one knows there is a risk attached.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 04:51:00 PM

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.

Vickers has the opportunity to be this week’s biggest differentiator on a fantasy owner’s roster and should catch the competition by surprise. Sitting 18th in the standings, he is unlikely to qualify for the Chase on points and needs to go all out for a victory.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 01:47:00 PM