Brian Vickers made the outside lane work to his advantage on the final restart of the race, holding off a three-wide charge from Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch in the first turn to win the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch finished in second, Jeff Burton finished third, defending series Champion, Brad Keselowski, finished fourth, and rounding out the top-five is Aric Armirolla bringing it home in the fifth position Sunday afternoon.
After running out of gas on the victory lap, Brian Vickers decided to celebrate the win in his own way by taking the checkered flag from the flagman and high-fiving the fans in the stands around the start/finish line of New Hampshire Motors Speedway. The move prompted many cheers from NASCAR fans at Vickers’ unique style of celebration.
The win on Sunday came as a big of a surprise to fans due to the fact that Vickers is only racing in the Sprint Cup series for Michael Waltrip Racing on a part time basis. In fact, Vickers has only three top-10 this season in the eight races he has competed in .
Vickers left NASCAR in 2010 after finding out he had blood clots in his legs and around his lungs. Due to his illness at the time Vickers was not cleared to compete by NASCAR and announced he would miss the rest of the 2010 season six days later, to recover from his illnesses.
Brian Vickers made his return to the Sprint Cup Series in 2011 after finally being cleared by NASCAR officials to compete again. The season proved to be a brutal experience for Vickers, who was involved in the big wreck at The Daytona 500, and then involved in the big wreck at Phoenix International Raceway a week later.
Vickers had little to show for his efforts in 2011, finishing 25th in the point standings and only mounting seven top-10 finishes that season. At the end of the year Vickers lost his Cup series ride when his team, Red Bull racing, shut down their Cup Series operations.
Vickers has come a long way in NASCAR since 2011, and his win Sunday only solidifies his chances for a full time ride in the Cup Series in the 2014 season. For fans of Vickers, the question isn’t if he will win again this season, the question is when?