Brian Vickers proves he deserves a full-time ride

By Joseph Wolkin

What can anyone say about Brian Vickers’ NASCAR career? It’s been beyond crazy.

The man nearly died because of a blood clot and the next year, the team he drove for, Red Bull Racing, shut down, leaving him without a ride for the 2012 season.

Oh, and for those who didn’t know, he won the 2003 Nationwide Series championship driving for Hendrick Motorsports.

This year, Brian Vickers, 28, has landed in a part-time gig with Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 55 car. Even though he’s splitting the ride with the aging veterans of Mark Martin and team owner, Michael Waltrip, Vickers has shown that he deserves to be in a Sprint Cup Series car on a full-time basis.

Vickers has shown maturity this year after his on-track incidents last year which may have been one of the causes for his part-time signing instead of a full-time team.

MWR has signed Vickers to just eight races this year, but it’s better than none. After today’s race at New Hampshire, Vickers has four top ten’s in seven starts with Rodney Childers leading the way.

Brian Vickers has been on a roller coaster the past few years. Now, he’s making his way back through the Cup Series ranks with his new team.

Being a part-time driver has to be tough for a man that has been racing full-time in the sport since his days at Hendrick in 2003.

Now, he’s trying to re-surge a career that was once promising, and still can be given the right opportunity.

The Thomasville, NC native has certainly earned his job throughout the past few months. But, even with a string of consistent runs, he still hasn’t locked up a deal for 2013.

There are plenty of rumors around the garage area that he will wind up in a Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide Series car and run at least eight races with the No. 55 team once again. But, that is definitely not a done deal. With that said,Vickers may once again just be stuck making the most of racing a fraction of the schedule in 2013.

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