TBT: Brian Vickers Won The 2013 Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire


For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we relive the race where Brian Vickers surprised the field by snapping at 75 race winless streak to win his third MENCS race of his career.

The date was July 14, 2013 and Vickers at the time was driving part-time for Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 55 Aarons Toyota Camry. Vickers was making only his eighth start of the season, but a memorable one it would turn out to be.

Vickers would lose a lap early on due to a penalty when he drove away from his pit stall with a wrench on the deck lid. However, he was able to gain his lap back due to a wave around at the midpoint of the Camping World RV Sales 301.

Vickers would come back to speed away from second place Kyle Busch in a green-white checkered finish in overtime finishing .582 seconds ahead of Busch.

The former 2003 Nationwide Series Champion had previously been sidelined multiple times in his career due to blood clots, along with lung and heart problems. The win meant a lot to Vickers who at the time was trying to secure a full-time ride for the 2014 season.

“Nothing is guaranteed in life. I’ve learned that the hard way. Even when you think it’s done, it’s not always done, Vickers said.”

The race was Vickers first win since his 2009 victory at Michigan in the Carfax 400 which he won from the pole while driving the No. 83 for Red Bull Racing. It was the team’s first win in the MENCS as well as the first victory for Toyota at Michigan.

Note: Vickers did secure a full-time ride the following season (2014) with Michael Waltrip Racing driving the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota Camry.

However, in 2015 Vickers would yet again be sidelined for part of the season with medical issues. While he would return for some races with MWR, he yet again ended up sidelined due to medication he was taking and not return to the No. 55 as David Ragan would take over the driving duties.

Vickers would return to racing in 2016 filling in for an injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 for Stewart-Haas Racing for some races along with Ty Dillon. Vickers has yet to compete in the MENCS in 2017, but has done work in broadcasting for NASCAR this season.

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Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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