Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing
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.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:10:13 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is expected to be out for about six weeks while he recovers from an L1 vertebra compression fracture suffered Sunday, March 24, at the Auto Club 400. He was examined by a physician in North Carolina Tuesday, March 26. The good news is that he will not require surgery. Joe Gibbs Racing has drivers Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler available as substitute drivers, although Vickers is slated to drive for Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 55 car at Martinsville Speedway April 7.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:42:21 -0800
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin said he doesn't expect to drive the team's No. 55 car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014. "I don't expect to be in it (in 2014)," Martin said. "That's not my goal. My goal is to see … the 55 car race for the championship driver-wise." Co-owner Michael Waltrip will drive the car in three races this year while driver Brian Vickers will be in it for nine. Vickers has talked about a full-time ride with the team in 2014, and it may be in the No. 55 car. However, Martin isn't saying that he's ready to retire just yet.
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:48:15 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brian Vickers will run a full Nationwide Series schedule next season with Dollar General as the primary sponsor. An extension with Dollar General includes 17 Sprint Cup races with driver Matt Kenseth, including the Daytona 500. Vickers will make his debut in the No. 20 Nationwide car this weekend at Phoenix.
Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:27:06 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers said he turned down Nationwide Series rides next season in order to drive a part-time schedule for the team in 2013. He'll drive nine races in the No. 55 Toyota, which will be lead mainly by driver Mark Martin. Owner Michael Waltrip will run in three races next year. Vickers is eyeing a full-time ride with the team in 2014.
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