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Brian Vickers Earns Surprise Win at New Hamphshire


Surprise! The Michael Waltrip Racing driver almost everyone expected to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway wasn’t in Victory Lane. But his part-time teammate was. Making the most of his limited stint in MWR’s No. 55 Toyota, Brian Vickers solidified his claim to a permanent seat in the car with a stunning victory at the Magic Mile. In a green-white-checkered-flag finish, Vickers sped away from Kyle Busch in overtime and took the checkered flag .582 seconds ahead of Busch to win Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. And he did so despite losing a lap because of a pit road penalty incurred when he drove away from his pit stall with a wrench on the deck lid of the 55 Camry. The victory was a strong signal that Vickers has come all the way back from blood clots in his legs and lungs that threatened his life and sidelined him for the second half of the 2010 season. After recuperating, Vickers ran a full Cup season for Red Bull Racing in 2011 but lost his ride when Red Bull left the sport. The third victory of Vickers’ career was his first since August 2009 at Michigan. Jeff Burton ran third--his first podium finish since July 2012 at Daytona--followed by pole sitter Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola.

Up Next: FINAL OFF-WEEK OF 2013

Notes: The Sprint Cup Series will have its final off-week of the 2013 season. The Cup Series will be back in action next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will run straight through the final 17 weeks of the season.

Danica Patrick Would Consider Posing Nude for Body Issue
By Bob Pockrass - Sportingnews.com: Danica Patrick has done plenty of scantly clad photo shoots but so far she’s never posed nude. It’s not because she can’t, and not because she won’t. She’s just not ready yet. With ESPN’s “body issue” out this week, Patrick was asked during her weekly press conference Friday whether she would ever appear in that issue, which this year features NHRA drag racer Courtney Force among its nude athletes in artistic poses. Patrick said
she gets asked every year about posing for the issue, but so far has declined. She also has declined to pose for the body paint section of
Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. She has worn skimpy bathing suits for Sports Illustrated and appeared in provocative clothing in Go Daddy commercials. “I just never felt like that (ESPN issue) was something
that I needed (or) wanted to do,” Patrick said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But the Stewart-Haas Racing driver won’t rule it out. “I’m not saying there never will be a day. When I speak to them and they ask me each time, I say, ‘Don’t stop asking. I don’t know. I might change my mind one year and it might be something that parallels something else I’m doing or where I’m at.’”

Who's Hot:

Kevin Harvick has one win and nine, Top-10 finishes in the last 10 Sprint Cup races. He’s scored just two points less the current leader Jimmie Johnson during that stretch.

Who's Not:

In spite of having fast cars just about every week, bad luck in the last 10 races (including three DNF’s due to wrecks) has resulted in a tenrace
average of 21.8 for Kasey Kahne.

Point Standings

1 JIMMIE JOHNSON
2 Clint Bowyer -56
3 Carl Edwards -73
4 Kevin Harvick -74
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -118
6 Matt Kenseth -120
7 Kyle Busch -120
8 Greg Biffle -151
9 Brad Keselowski -167
10 Kasey Kahne -173
WC Martin Truex Jr. 1 Win
WC Tony Stewart 1 Win

 

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