Brian Vickers | No. 83 Red Bull Energy Drink Toyota | Red Bull Racing
Vickers' 2010 season was a reminder to everyone in the NASCAR community that there is more to life than racing. His season was cut short after just 11 races after he was diagnosed with potentially life-threatening blood clots. He needed heart surgery and months of treatment with blood thinners, but Vickers has been medically cleared and will return to the track in 2011.
He will be back with Red Bull Racing, driving the No. 83 Toyota this season. For those that have already forgotten, Vickers made the Chase in his last full season at the Cup level. His career was taking off before his medical issues last season, and assuming he can shake off the rust within the first few races, Vickers should be a shoo-in to win Comeback Driver of the Year.
His incredible run to make the Chase in 2009 gave fantasy owners a glimpse at just how good Vickers can be. He reeled off 11 straight finishes of 12th or better to make the playoffs, including a victory at Michigan. Even last season, he posted six top-15 finishes in 11 starts, and he finished 10th at Darlington in what would be his final start of 2010.
Taking almost a year off could lead to a slow start for Vickers this year, but he should be a top-15 driver when all is said and done. He is stout at intermediate tracks and is solid at the superspeedways, as well. Vickers' career has taken some unexpected turns, but he is a former Nationwide champ and former Chaser. Expect Vickers to return with a vengeance in 2011 and be a productive driver in all fantasy formats.
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