Yesterday afternoon in New Hampshire a man who has been through hell and back, or at least it seems, surprised thousands. Brian Vickers won the New Hampshire race yesterday. That’s right I said Brian Vickers won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race yesterday! Vickers does not even have a full-time ride. Yesterday he was racing the number 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing. A few years ago it was unsure if Vickers would be able to ever race again after a health issue side-lined him. In fact it could have even killed him, so his winning yesterday was a great ending to a long story. Maybe this will mean Vickers can find a full-time ride for next year. Congratulations Brian Vickers!
Saturday night was the first of two Richmond Races. Short track Saturday night. Kevin Harvick won the race while Jimmie Johnson added to his points lead. Dale Jr got another top 10. Brian Vickers filling in for Denny Hamlin qualified second but didn’t finish as well. Danica had another rocky race.
Yesterday Matt Kenseth swept through Kansas like a tornado. He won for the second time this season. Kasey Kahne finished second and Jimmie Johnson finished third. Johnson still sits atop the points standings while Kahne has slid into second. Dale Jr is fifth in points. Jr has still not bounced back from the off weekend. Brian Vickers raced again for the injured Denny Hamlin. It is still up in the air if Hamlin or Vickers/Martin will be in the car this weekend in Richmond. We will have to wait to see what his doctor, says.
This past weekend was a Saturday night race instead of a Sunday afternoon race, and they were in Texas. Kyle Busch won the race getting the Stetson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had another rough race, the off weekend has not been to good to him. Jimmie Johnson finished in the top ten so he still holds on to the points lead. Danica had another rough week as well. For the most part Texas was a typical race not too much drama. Brian Vickers filled in for the still out Denny Hamlin. Vickers actually had a good race. Well next weeks race in fast approaching and we will have to see what happens next.
Yesterday was the first Martinsville Race of the Season. Cars were bumping and banging off of each other in every turn. I think the only car that did not have had any damage to it was that of the winner, Jimmie Johnson. Johnson led the most laps and won, his eighth career Martinsville win. Dale Earnhardt Jr’s streak ended with his 24th place finish and he lost the points lead. Danica Patrick finished in the top fifteen, for the first time since Daytona. It was the first of the five races Denny Hamlin will have to sit out, Mark Martin drove the FedEx Camry to a top ten finish. There were even some flames, Kyle Busch’s car caught on fire after he lost his breaks. Tempers were flaring too, Harvick turned Vickers around after the checkered flag waved. All in all it was an event filled day at Martinsville.
Happy Easter Everyone! Hope everyone had a good one. I worked so it didn’t really feel like Easter to me. Well this weekend was the first off weekend of the season for the Sprint Cup. There has been a little noise though, Denny Hamlin is out six weeks after a back injury from that wreck with Joey Logano last weekend. Mark Martin and Brian Vickers will be filling in for the at least five races he will be out.
On a side note there may not have been a race this weekend but today was Opening Day in Cincinnati for the Reds and that is like a national holiday. Even though they lost it was a great day to have the Reds back on the field.