Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:41:20 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday, Oct. 17, that driver Elliott Sadler will fill in in the No. 55 Toyota in each of the final four Sprint Cup Series races this season, starting next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Owner Michael Waltrip will drive this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Driver Brian Vickers (calf) will miss the rest of the season with a blood clot in his right calf.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:55:19 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers (calf) will miss the rest of the Sprint Cup season due to a blood clot in his right calf. He was put on blood-thinning medication that will keep him from racing. Vickers also missed the final 25 races in 2010 with blood clots that required surgery. "If there's anything to be positive about with today's news it's that this is only a temporary setback," Vickers said. "The timing for this is never good, but I'm glad we'll get it out of the way now and be ready to run for a championship with the Aaron's Dream Machine in 2014."
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:21:00 -0700
Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday, Aug. 19, that driver Tony Stewart (leg) will officially miss the remainder of the Sprint Cup season after missing the last two races with a broken right tibia and fibula. Driver Mark Martin will replace Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet for 12 of the final 13 races, beginning this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driver Austin Dillon will drive for the team at Talladega Superspeedway. Martin has been given his release from Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 55 car, where he was scheduled to drive 10 of the final 13 races. Driver Brian Vickers, who will take over full time in the car next year, will drive those races. Stewart is expected to return for preseason testing in January. Stewart's No. 14 car is 13th in owners points, 10 out of the top 10.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:04:30 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing plans to announce Tuesday, Aug. 13, that driver Brian Vickers will be the full-time driver of the No. 55 Sprint Cup car next season, according to sources close to the situation. Vickers has split the last two years in the car with driver Mark Martin.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:35:22 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is planning on starting the Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for his first race since suffering a compression fracture in his lower back March 24 at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin has been cleared "just to start" this weekend, meaning he will drop back to the back of the pack and ride around until the first caution and then give way to driver Brian Vickers. He will collect all the points for whatever place Vickers earns just by starting the race. Hamlin is currently 71 points outside the top 20 in points. Hamlin will have another scan on his spine next week and must be cleared to drive at Darlington before making a full return. He will consider having surgery in the offseason to fix his injury and other back problems he's had over the years.
Fantasy Tip: Obviously, this weekend is not the time to start Hamlin on your fantasy team. Next weekend probably isn't, either, if he gets full clearance to race. It's safer to hold off and make sure he's completely healthy and at top form before throwing him back into your lineup.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:44:01 -0700
Mark Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin will replace Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) for the race at Martinsville, then Brian Vickers will take over the remaining races Hamlin misses. Vickers is scheduled to make his first start in the No. 11 car at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin likely will return for the May 11 race at Darlington but could also return for the May 4 race at Talladega.
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:53:12 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin will drive in the No. 11 car for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of the injured Denny Hamlin (back) at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, April 7, while Brian Vickers will be behind the wheel of the No. 55 machine for MWR. "As previously announced, Brian Vickers will race MWR's No. 55 Jet Edge Toyota Camry at MWR at Martinsville," the release said Friday, March 29.
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:52:44 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racings announced Friday, March 29, that Brian Vickers will take over the No. 11 race car at Texas Saturday, April 13, in place of the injured Denny Hamlin (back).
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:34:43 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday, March 29, that driver Mark Martin will fill in for driver Denny Hamlin (back) in the No. 11 Sprint Cup car while Hamlin recovers from his injury. Martin's first race in the car will come next weekend April 7 at Martinsville Speedway. Martin will be replaced in the No. 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing in the Cup Series with driver Brian Vickers, who is already running nine races in the No. 55 this year. Hamlin is expected to miss five races. Martin has two wins, 12 top-fives and 25 top-10s in 48 career starts at Martinsville. He has an average finish of 13.3 at the track.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:12:18 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday, March 28, that driver Mark Martin could replace driver Denny Hamlin (back) while he recovers from a back injury. The team is considering having Martin drive in all five races in the No. 11 car while Hamlin is sidelined. Driver Brian Vickers would pick up Martin's schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 55 car that would include races at Texas, Kansas and Richmond. Vickers could also race for Hamlin for four races after next week at Martinsville, where he's scheduled to drive the No. 55 for Martin. Driver Elliott Sadler could also drive for Hamlin the entire time, although that is the least likely option.
Fantasy Tip: Martin and Vickers are not strong fantasy options on a weekly basis, but they might be useful as a No. 4 driver depending on the particular track that week.
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