Shelbyville Daily Union

July 19, 2013

Vickers snaps losing streak

Goggles Paisano
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Brian Vickers won Sunday’s race in New Hampshire, effectively snapping out of his 75-race losing streak. It was the first Sprint Cup win for Vickers in almost four years.

Going into the final laps, most thought that Tony Stewart would win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but Vickers took the lead with 13 laps to go. After a caution setting up a green-white-checkered finish, Stewart’s car ran out of gas on the final lap.

Vickers was sidelined in 2010 with blood clots and had two procedures done to close a hole in his heart. Many thought he would never driver again. Michael Waltrip racing gave him a part-time ride, sharing time with the aging Mark Martin. Sunday, Vickers made the most of that.

With the win on Sunday, there is a good chance that may help him secure funding for a full-time ride next year with Waltrip Racing, when Mark Martin steps aside.

Kyle Busch was second and Jeff Burton third. Pole winner Brad Keselowski was fourth and Aric Almirola fifth.

Jimmie Johnson who started last, due to his qualifying effort being disallowed, came back to finish sixth. Stewart ended up finishing 26th on the day.

The series takes a rare week off before heading out to the World Famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend.

** * Harvick to Stewart-Haas Racing ***

It is official Kevin Harvick will drive the number 4 car for Stewart-Haas racing next season. The move also puts Ryan Newman on the free agent or unemployed market right now. Many drivers are rumored to fill Harvicks spot over at Richard Childress Racing, but funding has been the issue, and Harvick is going to take his Budweiser sponsor with him for twenty races next season.