Posts tagged: Brian Vickers

Sep 16 2009

Chase Field is Set, Who is Your Pick

The field is set and ready to go for Loudon this weekend.

1 Mark Martin 5040
2 Tony Stewart 5030
3 Jimmie Johnson 5030
4 Denny Hamlin 5020
5 Kasey Kahne 5020
6 Jeff Gordon 5010
7 Kurt Busch 5010
8 Brian Vickers 5010
9 Carl Edwards 5000
10 Ryan Newman 5000
11 Juan Montoya 5000
12 Greg Biffle 5000

Whose your pick and why?

I’m going with Gordon of course, he has been pretty consistent this year, the chase races aren’t typically his best but I think they can do it this year. He would be going for his 7th title under the old point system, but I guess I’ll get over that one day. All he needs is to run up front the first few races and return to dominating at Fontana, Charlotte, Martinsville and Talladega, that’s not much to ask, is it?

Feb 20 2009

Brian Vickers on the Pole in California

I didn’t get to watch qualifying this evening, although, I did just tune into the repeat on Speed, but it looks like Brian Vickers is continuing the strong performances this season claiming the pole in the second race, the Auto Club 500 in California.

The news story talking about it as Nascar.com says that Brian and Dale Jr. had a phone call after last weeks incident in Daytona and they have apparently put everything behind them. Vickers sais he had pretty much forgotten about it after the race in Daytona as he worries more about the mistakes he makes than he does other drivers.

“For me, it’s pretty easy,” Vickers said. “I don’t know if it’s the way I was raised, or my mentality or what. I don’t get mad very easily. Things can happen that will bother me, and I will keep that in the back of my mind and I will learn from those instances, and how I will handle those situations and people in the future. But in general, I don’t let other people affect my daily life.”

“I may make a decision or make a mistake that makes me mad, and I have a hard time letting that go,” Vickers said. “But I don’t let other people ruin my day. Honestly, I probably have the hardest time moving on when it’s a mistake on my part rather than a mistake on somebody else’s.” Source: Vickers puts Daytona crash behind him with pole run

Here is how they will start:
1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 183.439 39.250 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 183.164 39.309 -0.059
3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 182.653 39.419 -0.169
4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 182.556 39.440 -0.190
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 182.302 39.495 -0.245
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 182.209 39.515 -0.265
7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 182.089 39.541 -0.291
8 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 182.048 39.550 -0.300
9 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 181.965 39.568 -0.318
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 181.919 39.578 -0.328
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 181.901 39.582 -0.332
12 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 181.777 39.609 -0.359
13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 181.726 39.620 -0.370
14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 181.653 39.636 -0.386
15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 181.616 39.644 -0.394
16 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 181.461 39.678 -0.428
17 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm. 181.429 39.685 -0.435
18 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 181.264 39.721 -0.471
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 181.210 39.733 -0.483
20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 181.173 39.741 -0.491
21 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 181.137 39.749 -0.499
22 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 181.132 39.750 -0.500
23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 180.836 39.815 -0.565
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 180.818 39.819 -0.569
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 180.773 39.829 -0.579
26 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Auto Club 180.746 39.835 -0.585
27 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 180.610 39.865 -0.615
28 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 180.397 39.912 -0.662
29 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 180.374 39.917 -0.667
30 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 180.320 39.929 -0.679
31 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 180.248 39.945 -0.695
32 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 180.234 39.948 -0.698
33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 180.176 39.961 -0.711
34 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 180.059 39.987 -0.737
35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 179.991 40.002 -0.752
36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Outfitters 179.721 40.062 -0.812
37 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Farmers Insurance 179.632 40.082 -0.832
38 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 179.390 40.136 -0.886
39 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 179.301 40.156 -0.906
40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 179.287 40.159 -0.909
41 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 179.109 40.199 -0.949
42 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA – - -
43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 177.997 40.450 -1.200

Did Not Qualify
44 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 177.454 40.574 -1.324
45 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s 177.405 40.585 -1.335
46 51 David Starr Dodge Allegro Marinade 177.122 40.650 -1.400
47 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Phoenix Racing 175.328 41.066 -1.816
48 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King / Quality Concrete 175.897 40.933 -1.683

Oct 08 2006

Brian Vickers Wins UAW-Ford 500

Brian Vickers Wins UAW-Ford 500
Brian Vickers wins the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega today, but, his first win was not without controversy. On the final lap, he was bump drafting with Jimmie Johnson, Johnson dives down to pass Dale Jr, who momentarily tries to block him, Vickers drops down and spins Jimmie Johnson, whose car then collects Earnhardt and both spin, allowing the No. 25 car to pass them. The caution comes out, and depending on when you call it, could’ve ended with Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch passing him, but, NASCAR called Brian Vickers the winner. In victory circle, Vickers said Johnson had to swerve because Jr was blocking him and that is what caused the accident. Johnson didn’t swerve, but it did slow him up a hair, putting Vickers nose up past Johnson when he came down to pass Earnhardt. I don’t think it was on purpose, but it was unfortunate for Earnhardt and Johnson, who was upset over the incident.

“It’s absolutely uncalled for, completely out of line,” Johnson said. “I’m racing for a championship, OK? The only way to win [the race] was to crash us both.

“I don’t think he meant to do it, but he did it. He shouldn’t even think about putting any of us in that situation. It’s ridiculous.”
Source: Nascar.com

Chad Knaus was equally as upset, but a little harsher in his assessment of the situation.

“It wasn’t bad judgment, it was lack of talent,” Knaus said. “I just don’t think he has the talent to understand what he has underneath him.”

Dale Jr said he thought Brian didn’t do it on purpose, and was just excited to be racing for the win, since he has been winless so far. That’s just racing, he said. I agree, he was helping Johnson pass Earnhardt by bump drafting and when Jr tried to block him, Johnson had slow up a hair and Vickers of course came down to pass Jr and hit Jimmie, spinning him out.

Jeff Gordon ended up being in the big wreck that always seems to happen at these restrictor plate races, and complained about all of the hard bump drafting going on during the race. The NASCAR reporter asking him the questions jumped all over that as they had been listening to him complain about Earnhardt bump drafting on his radio. He was reluctant to reply, as everyone would love a good Earnhardt/Gordon rivalry again, and said he liked racing Jr but he was definitely bumping him hard. Later on during the race, Earnhardt, who probably heard what Jeff and the reporter had talked about, asked NASCAR if what he was doing was okay. NASCAR said no, and he said, okay, NASCAR, okay.

Here are the points standings for the ten in the Chase for the Cup:

1. — Jeff Burton Leader
2. +2 Matt Kenseth -6
3. — Mark Martin -10
4. +1 Kevin Harvick -33
5. -3 Denny Hamlin -51
6. +1 D. Earnhardt Jr. -106
7. -1 Jeff Gordon -147
8. — Jimmie Johnson -156
9. +1 Kasey Kahne -185
10. -1 Kyle Busch -185

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