CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver Brian Vickers races at Pocono Raceway’s “tricky triangle” Sunday for the first time since 2011.

The 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track has been one of the Michael Waltrip Racing driver’s favorites on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Vickers owns four top-five finishes and has led 159 laps in 14 starts at Pocono. He’s qualified in the top 10 in eight of those races.

Michael Waltrip Racing tested with Vickers and teammates Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton at Pocono on May 27-28 in preparation for Sunday’s race. Despite a 43rd-place finish due to mechanical failure at Dover on Sunday, Vickers is 13th in points this season. He’s also in position (14th) to secure one of the 16 spots in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

 

VICKERS ON POCONO: “It was great to get up there and get a team test in with Clint and Jeff. It’s been a few years since I have been to Pocono. I have never raced on the new surface. I had to really take a few laps just to feel the track out. The repave is great, really smooth but a few of the tricky bumps are still there. The bumps make you have to work harder as a team to set the car up then drive through them.”

 

CONFIDENCE: “I’ve always loved Pocono. I’ve come so close to winning there. I’d love to finally get a win there. It’s cool going to tracks where you know you’ve had success. Confidence always helps not just for the driver but as a team. You go to every race knowing you will give it your best but having confidence helps.”

 

NEW EMPHASIS ON WINNING TO GET IN CHASE:  “As a driver you always go as hard as you can. Maybe you take a few more risks at the end of the race. All I have ever wanted to do when I get behind the wheel of a race car is win. That’s true for every driver out here no matter what the rules. So, most of the racing I don’t think has changed much from the driver perspective. If there has been a strategy change it’s more from the team perspective. Are crew chiefs willing to take more chances with tire or fuel strategy on the last restart now? Of course. We want to win, but we also still think about points. If you get a win you don’t have to worry about getting in. It’s also likely that someone will get in on points.”

  

NOTES:

  • CHASSIS: 799 finished 25th at Richmond and 12th at Phoenix. Backup chassis 779 has not raced.

 

  • CREW CHIEF BILLY SCOTT: The 2014 Daytona 500 marked the first race for No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Crew Chief Billy Scott. The 36-year-old began racing motorcycles as a 5-year-old and stock cars when he turned 15. He worked in the truck series as a mechanic before he returned to college to obtain an engineering degree. After graduating in 2005 Scott worked at Robert Yates Racing and began as an engineer at MWR in 2008. He served exclusively as the No. 55 team’s lead engineer the last two seasons.

 

  • AARON’S: Aaron’s joined MWR in 2000 serving as a primary sponsor in Sprint Cup and Nationwide races. The Atlanta-based company, with more than 2,130 stores across the country, helps customers own the life they want. Aaron's carries only the best brand names in furniture, electronics, and appliances with a variety of flexible payment options. It's really easy to “Own it” at Aaron’s with customers who are now pre-approved for up to $2,500 in merchandise without needing credit. Visit Aarons.com to find a store near you.

 

  • FANTERN: Each week MWR offers fans a chance to become an official MWR Fantern. This person will get the opportunity to be an “intern” on race day helping the pit crews with set-up activities, attending driver appearances and getting full access to the pit and garage areas. Fans can write in a submission to webmaster@michaelwaltrip.com or share a video on our social channels explaining why they should be the Fantern at the race of their choosing during the 2014 season.

 

  • #ASKMWR: Throughout race weekends in 2014 MWR will collect questions hash-tagged #AskMWR on its @MWRteam Twitter handle. No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Jackman Wes Evans will host a 3-minute video each Wednesday on www.michaelwaltripracing.com featuring MWR experts answering the best fan questions from the weekend.

 

 

  • AARON’S NEW COMMERCIAL: Watch Aaron’s new “Own It” commercial featuring Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip that began airing nationally in April: . Click here to watch.

 

·        No. 55 CREW:

Billy Scott                                 Crew Chief

Ryan Langley                            Front Tire Changer

Chris Hall                                  Front Tire Carrier

Shannon Myers                         Rear Tire Changer

Blake Haugland                         Rear Tire Carrier

Wes Evans                               Jack Man

Jeff Kerr                                   Gas Man

Steve Channing                         Car Chief

David Cropps                           Interior Mechanic

Roman Pemberton                    Spotter

Brandon Pope                           Race Engineer

Joe Bisson                               2nd Engineer

Jeremy Sharpley                       Shock Specialist

Jacen Johns                             Front Mechanic

Joe Zanolini                              Rear Mechanic

Kevin White                               Tire Specialist

Denny Chandler                         Engine Tuner

Tim Bruce                                 Engine Engineer

Glenn Shano                             Truck Driver

Al Nelson                                  2nd Truck Driver

 

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  • VICKERS POCONO RECORD:

Race

S

F

 

Led

2004-14

2

13

running

1

2004-20

6

14

running

0

2005-14

3

2

running

121

2005-20

8

14

running

0

2006-14

4

4

running

19

2006-20

4

4

running

0

2007-14

9

35

running

0

2007-21

28

29

running

0

2008-14

15

2

running

18

2008-21

8

28

running

0

2009-14

17

21

running

0

2009-21

15

6

running

0

2011-14

23

22

running

0

2011-21

26

39

engine

0

 

  • VICKERS CAREER RECORD:

Year

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Led

2003

5 of 36

0

0

0

0

11

2004

36 of 36

0

0

4

2

87

2005

36 of 36

0

5

10

1

315

2006

36 of 36

1

5

9

1

126

2007

23 of 36

0

1

5

0

106

2008

36 of 36

0

3

6

1

232

2009

36 of 36

1

4

13

6

101

2010

11 of 36

0

0

3

0

27

2011

36 of 36

0

3

7

0

7

2012

8 of 36

0

3

5

0

158

2013

17 of 36

1

2

6

0

19

2014

13 of 13

0

2

5

0

37

11 years

293

3

28

73

11

1,226


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