Heading into the second half of the 2013 season, the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field is looking for their way to make it into the chase.
For drivers such as Brian Vickers, the rest of they year will be used to show that he has what it takes to race. He pleaded his case for the future at New Hampshire, providing many with a feel good story as he made his way back to victory lane, something he had not done since 2009.
Not only did Vickers end a winless streak in the Cup Series, but with his future still uncertain for the 2014 season, what he has been able to accomplish with Michael Waltrip Racing within the 2013 season and beyond has set him up as a potential contender. Behind the wheel of the no. 55 car, Vickers has given the team several top-10 finishes in his limited starts since last season.
He is the first driver in the no.55 car to capture a win this season. At New Hampshire, he became the 11th different driver to win in 2013 and was the 11th different New Hampshire winner.
Following the 2011 season, Vickers was left without a full-time ride after the closure of the Red Bull Racing team. His performance in 2012 with MWR not only won him a partial ride for 2013 with them, but it also got him a full-time ride with Joe Gibbs Racing to compete for the Nationwide Series championship.
Currently, Vickers is sixth in the point standings in the Nationwide Series. He’s had nine top-10 and seven top-five finishes in 17 races.
With the rumors of the 55 car going vacant next year, he would be the perfect driver to stay behind the wheel. He has been great with the team over the past two season, so if they are looking for a new driver, why not stay with what has been successful thus far?