MWR LAS VEGAS RESULTS:

15th      Brian Vickers

21st      Clint Bowyer

 

Brian Vickers Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver Brian Vickers completed his remarkable recovery from off-season heart surgery by finishing 15th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 28th and raced toward the front of the field in the early going. With high speeds and few cautions, Vickers battled to stay on the lead lap by earning two free passes in the first 150 laps. After making chassis changes, the No. 55 began climbing through the field. Vickers raced in 13th with 75 laps to go when he narrowly dodged a spinning Carl Edwards. With 70 to go, he restarted 10th and moved to ninth on the 1.5-mile track until handling issues halted his progress. Sunday marked Vickers’ 2015 debut after missing the first two races. Vickers is driving for the remainder of the season. He and No. 55 Aaron’s team return to action Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. 

 

  • Started 28th and finished 15th
  • Jumped to 13th on a two-tire stop on lap 25
  • Earned free pass twice in the first half of race
  • Climbed to 13th with 75 laps remaining
  • Dodged spinning car with 70 to go and restarted race in 10th
  • Moved to ninth with 70 to go

 

VICKERS: “It was a good day. A top-15 considering where we were three months ago – I’ll take it. Real proud of the guys. They made the car better all day. The stops were great. You always want to do better. You always want to win, but I think for us this was a victory in a lot of ways and I’m just really proud of everyone on this Aaron’s Dream Machine crew. The Camry was great at times and we always need a little more to be a winning car, but we were a top-seven car at times and kind of finished there in the top-15. We took two (tires) at the end and it made us really tight and we kind of lost a little bit there. Like I said, thankful to be here. It feels so good to be back in a race car – so happy, so thankful.”

 

Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 21st in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 28th and worked on handling throughout the 400-mile race. Bowyer fell off the lead lap around the 100-lap mark and spent the remainder of the event racing to try and get his lap back. The crew worked throughout the race to adjust his tight-handling race car but track position and few cautions made returning to the lead lap difficult. He held his ground in the closing laps to finish 21st and remains in the top 15 in the point standings. The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team returns to action Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.   

 

  • Started 20th and finished 21st
  • Struggled with handling throughout race.
  • Track position and few cautions made returning to the lead lap difficult.

 

BOWYER: “We just couldn’t get the handling the way we needed to today. But it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying. The guys worked hard all weekend to try and get my 5-hour ENERGY Toyota better. We’ll focus on Phoenix and getting ourselves a good run there.”

 

RACE NOTES

  • Kevin Harvick edged Martin Truex Jr. by 1.6 seconds
  • Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five finishers
  • Six cautions slowed the race for 28 laps
  • Race featured 18 lead changes among nine drivers

 

RESULTS

1          Kevin Harvick

2          Martin Truex Jr.

3          Ryan Newman

4          Dale Earnhardt Jr.

5          Denny Hamlin

6          AJ Allmendinger

7          Brad Keselowski

8          Kyle Larson

9          Matt Kenseth

10        Joey Logano

11        Jamie McMurray

12        Paul Menard

13        Brian Scott

14        Greg Biffle

15        Brian Vickers

16        Regan Smith

17        Kasey Kahne

18        Jeff Gordon

19        Ryan Blaney

20        Austin Dillon

21        Clint Bowyer

22        David Ragan

23        David Gilliland

24        Sam Hornish Jr.

25        Casey Mears

26        Aric Almirola

27        Danica Patrick

28        Trevor Bayne

29        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

30        Michael McDowell

31        Justin Allgaier

32        Cole Whitt

33        Tony Stewart

34        Josh Wise

35        Landon Cassill

36        J.J. Yeley

37        Brett Moffitt

38        Brendan Gaughan

39        Michael Annett

40        Jeb Burton

41        Jimmie Johnson

42        Carl Edwards

43        Alex Bowman

 

POINTS

Rank  Driver                            Pts       Wins

1          Kevin Harvick              134      1

2          Joey Logano               123      1

3          Jimmie Johnson          91        1

4          Dale Earnhardt Jr.       125      0

5          Martin Truex Jr.           118      0

6          AJ Allmendinger          100      0

7          Kasey Kahne              92        0

8          Denny Hamlin             87        0

9          Casey Mears               87        0

10        Matt Kenseth               85        0

11        Greg Biffle                   84        0

12        Ryan Newman            82        0

13        Paul Menard                82        0

14        Clint Bowyer                81        0

15        Aric Almirola                80        0

16        Brad Keselowski         77        0

17        David Gilliland             77        0         

18        Sam Hornish Jr.          75        0         

19        David Ragan               75        0         

20        Danica Patrick             68        0         

21        Kyle Larson                 64        0         

22        Austin Dillon                59        0         

23        Carl Edwards              57        0         

24        Trevor Bayne              55        0         

25        Jamie McMurray         54        0         

26        Michael Annett            52        0         

27        Justin Allgaier             44        0         

28        Michael McDowell       44        0         

29        Jeff Gordon                 42        0         

30        Cole Whitt                   41        0         

31        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    38        0         

32        Tony Stewart               27        0         

33        Alex Bowman              23        0         

34        Josh Wise                   22        0         

35        Jeb Burton                   13        0          


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