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Brian Vickers out of NASCAR season due to blood clot

CORNELIUS, N.C., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Brian Vickers, eighth in the Nationwide points standings, will miss the rest of the driving season because of a blood clot, his team announced Monday.

Matt Kenseth wrests Bristol Speedway win, clinches Chase spot

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth collected his series-leading fifth win of the season Saturday, shaking off a penalty to claim the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Hamlin qualifies first at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Denny Hamlin, battling back from a serious injury suffered in March, won the pole Friday for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup night race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Part-timer Brian Vickers outduels Tony Stewart for New Hampshire win

LOUDON, N.H., July 14 (UPI) -- Brian Vickers passed Tony Stewart with 16 laps left and held on for his first victory since 2009, claiming Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup event in New Hampshire.

Earnhardt wins pole at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, Ky., June 28 (UPI) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. set a qualifying record Friday in winning the pole for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Kevin Harvick's late charge nets Richmond International victory

RICHMOND, Va., April 28 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick moved up six spots after a final restart, nosing past Clint Bowyer at the finish to claim Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International.

Kenseth wins Richmond pole

RICHMOND, Va., April 26 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth broke a nine-year track qualifying record Friday and won the pole for Saturday's running of the Toyota Owners 400.

Busch brothers qualify 1-2 in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 12 (UPI) -- Kyle Busch edged his brother Kurt in qualifying Friday to win the pole for Saturday's Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson wins Martinsville pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 5 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson set a qualifying record at Martinsville Speedway Friday and won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup STP Gas Booster 500.

Kyle Busch wins Bristol pole

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 15 (UPI) -- Kyle Busch broke the 10-year-old qualifying record at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday and won the pole for Sunday's Food City 500.

Johnson qualifies first at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson seized momentum in the race for the Sprint Cup championship Friday by capturing the pole for Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.

Jeff Gordon wins pole in New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Jeff Gordon won the pole Friday for the Sylvania 300, the second of the 10 races that make up the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship.

Hamlin nears Chase spot with Bristol win

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Denny Hamlin grabbed the lead from Carl Edwards with 38 laps to go Saturday and held on to win the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Bowyer collects 1st road course victory

SONOMA, Calif., June 24 (UPI) -- Clint Bowyer finished 0.83 seconds ahead of Tony Stewart Sunday, notching his first career road course victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma.

Keselowski repeats at Bristol Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 18 (UPI) -- Brad Keselowski maintained his winning ways at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, taking his second straight Sprint Cup event at the Tennessee track.
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Brian Lee Vickers (born October 24, 1983 in Thomasville, North Carolina) is an American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Vickers was the 2003 Nationwide Series champion, and at age 20, the youngest champion in any of NASCAR's three top-tier series. After taking a medical leave of absence during the 2010 season, Vickers returned to the #83 Red Bull Toyota Camry for Red Bull Racing Team in 2011.

Vickers began running go-karts in 1994. Over the next three years, he won eighty races in the World Karting Association, and won three championships, including the 1995 championship against three-time winner Mike Schwartz (WKA). In 1998, he moved to the Allison Legacy Series, and won five races during the course of the season. After competing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series in 1999, he moved to USAR ProCup, winning Rookie of the Year and two races in 2000. The next season, he won five more races and finished second in points.

In 2001, Vickers made his Nationwide Series debut at the GNC Live Well 250 in the #29 owned by his father, Clyde Vickers. He qualified 30th but finished 37th after a crash. Vickers ran three more races that season, his best finish a 25th at North Carolina Speedway. In 2002, Vickers began running the Nationwide Series in his father's #40 Dodge Intrepid. He drove in 21 races, and his best finish was 7th at the Hardee's 250, his only top-ten of the season.

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