The magic mile is what they call New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track, visited by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series twice a year, however, had nothing magical about it. Until today that is. Today, Brian Vickers‘ career has come full circle. The driver who has been to the pinnacle only to have it all fall down upon him now stands atop the NASCAR world once again.
Vickers was always talented but had an aura around him of doubt from fans of the sport. The 2003 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion was rushed into The Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports, only amassing one win for the team. That win involved a wreck with both Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega SuperSpeedway. Simply put, despite being a victory, it was a career killer.
With Red Bull Racing, Vickers found new hope. But the team was overhyped and Vickers faltered as lead driver to A.J Allmendinger. Red Bull Racing is now long gone, but Vickers still prospers. Despite two victories, Vickers had nowhere to go after a blood clot left his career in peril.
After two victories for two different teams, 2012 saw Vickers out of a full time ride. Michael Waltrip Racing gave him a chance, running with Mark Martin. And Vickers, with nothing to lose, impressed everyone.
2013 brought new chances with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series. In the Cup series, all Vickers could do was plan for next season when he would get the chance to run full time once again. When Vickers returned to the magic mile this time, though, he did something magical.
Three victories for three different teams and with it two failed ventures with two very different teams. Now Vickers has the chance to do it all again, more mature, far wiser, and more consistent than ever before. The 29 year old has many races ahead of him, God willing, and over the last two years has averaged a finish of 16.4.
Momentum is an incredible thing. Some people think it doesn’t exist, while others live and die by it. But victory is undeniable. The confidence victory at the highest level instills in a driver and a team lasts through bad weekends and through the off-season. After nearly being forced out of the sport, Brian Vickers has solidified his return with a phenomenal victory at New Hampshire.
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