CORNELIUS, N.C.— The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Watkins Glen International this weekend for the second and final road course race of the 2014 season. 

Race fans are sure to hear all about road course racing pit strategy throughout the weekend. No. 55 Crew Chief Billy Scott explains how that strategy is different from most oval races as well as his team’s strategy for getting its driver Brian Vickers to victory lane. 

The Michael Waltrip Racing team saw a likely top-10 finish evaporate in a 13-car accident Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The 37th-place finish left Vickers 21st in points 51 behind the 16th and final qualifier for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. With just five races remaining before the start of the Chase, Scott says winning becomes imperative to secure a Chase berth.

 

CREW CHIEF BILLY SCOTT: “Not that we haven’t always been, but we are in total race winning mode. We aren’t going to take a 1 percent chance to get to victory lane but if there is any debate on whether we go for a win or get a top-10 finish then we are going to go for the win.”

 

WHAT IS ROAD COURSE RACE PIT STRATEGY: “You can pit under green if you are within a reasonable distance from the leader without losing your lap. As long as you have enough fuel to go to the end and tires don’t outweigh track position, you pit as early as you can. If the caution comes out and the other cars pit, you get to pass them for free.”

 

WATKINS GLEN STRATEGY: “It’s funny, but everybody has played the road course race strategy the last two weeks on the big ovals at Indy and Pocono. The tracks are so big you can pit and get back out without losing a lap. If you time the yellow just right you move up when everyone else comes in. So Watkins Glen will be the third weekend in a row we think like this.”

 

BRIAN VICKERS AS A ROAD COURSE RACER: “He’s a good road course driver. We were really fast at Sonoma and Brian has a lot of experience running on road courses all over the world. I’m pretty confident he can get us to victory lane.”

 

NOTES:

 

  • CHASSIS: Primary: 772 finished 14th at Sonoma. Backup: 771 has not raced.  

 

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·    #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 three-minute video each Wednesday on www.michaelwaltripracing.com featuring MWR experts answering the best fan questions from the weekend.

 

  • 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 WATKINS GLEN:

 Race

St

Fin

Laps

Money

Status

2004-22

22

30

89/90

65,050

running

2005-22

22

8

92/92

83,060

running

2006-22

19

16

90/90

73,500

running

2007-22

36

41

69/90

58,505

transmission

2008-22

17

18

90/90

75,925

running

2009-22

20

11

90/90

104,273

running

2011-22

20

18

92/92

96,689

running

2012-22

33

43

0/90

61,930

engine

2013-22

15

32

84/90

78,585

crash

 

  • VICKERS CAREER SPRINT CUP 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

21 of 21

0

3

6

0

38

11 years

301

3

29

74

11

1,227


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