CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver Brian Vickers returns to Pocono Raceway this weekend  with just six races remaining before the start of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver is 20th in the Chase standings just 27 points out of the 16th and final Chase spot.

Vickers knows good finishes over the next half-dozen races will aid his bid for a Chase berth, but a victory will likely guarantee a spot. The drive for the Chase begins Sunday on the ‘Tricky Triangle’ at Pocono Raceway where the No. 55 finished 19th in June.

 

What would it take to get a win before the Chase starts?

“You’re always trying to find something new and different and find speed through different strategies. I think the biggest thing we have to do is get consistent about what we’re doing and make small improvements. Anytime you swing for the fence it can go either way. Granted, if the opportunity presents itself we will, but there’s only so many things you can really do. We just need to do what we did at Indy in qualifying, which was maximize potential for the weekend, have good practice, good qualifying and then follow it up and stay up front and get track position and be there at the end of the race.”

 

Has Pocono changed since the repave?

“It’s changed a tremendous amount -- the setups, the speeds -- you kind of approach it as it’s different, but there’s certainly a lot of similarities. It’s still Pocono and it’s definitely different than the old Pocono and how you go about driving it.”

 

Is Pocono a difficult track to pass on and is track position important?

“It’s definitely challenging to pass, but it’s a competitive series. It’s challenging to pass everywhere. Racing is as tight as it’s ever been and as many cars on the lead lap as there’s ever been. There’s always that balance. I would always like to be able to pass everyone, but we can’t have all the cars equal handed or we’ll never pass anyone.”

 

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  • 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 SPRINT CUP RECORD AT POCONO: 

Race

St

Fin

Laps

Status

Led

2004-14

2

13

200/200

running

1

2004-20

6

14

200/200

running

0

2005-14

3

2

201/201

running

121

2005-20

8

14

203/203

running

0

2006-14

4

4

200/200

running

19

2006-20

4

4

200/200

running

0

2007-14

9

35

106/106

running

0

2007-21

28

29

200/200

running

0

2008-14

15

2

200/200

running

18

2008-21

8

28

200/200

running

0

2009-14

17

21

200/200

running

0

2009-21

15

6

200/200

running

0

2011-14

23

22

200/200

running

0

2011-21

26

39

18/200

engine

0

2014-14

9

19

160/160

running

1

 

  • VICKERS SPRINT CUP 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

20 of20

0

3

6

0

38

11 years

300

3

29

74

11

1,227


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