Brian Vickers has been on an audition for Michael Waltrip Racing for two seasons now but his win in last Sunday's Camping World RV 301 might just have sealed his full time ride for the 2014 season.
It has been a long road back to Cup Series racing for Vickers. After being diagnosed with blood clots several years ago, many thought that his racing days were over. However, MWR gave him a chance to run a few races for them to fill in for Mark Martin and Vickers didn't let them down.
"Everything that I've gone through over the last so many years from the blood clots; and you wake up one morning and you're just hoping to be around the next," said a humble Vickers after the race. "I got a phone call from Ty [Norris] asking me if I was interested in running eight races and I said, absolutely."
Vickers was cleared by NASCAR medical to return to the driver's seat and once he got back behind the wheel, it seemed like he never had gone away. He posted several good runs and this year been in the hunt for a win nearly every time he strapped into the No. 55 car.
However, Brian never forgot those that believed in him and was quick to thank them in Victory Lane.
"For me personally I think the biggest thing is just the support of family and friends, my parents, my grandmother, my fiancée, Sarah, and so many others through all of the difficult times and not having a ride," continued Vickers. "Then having a select few folks in the community that still believed in me and supported me along the way."
The win was Vickers third in the NASCAR Cup Series and his first in 75 starts. When asked if the victory sealed his full time position for next season, Team Manager, Ty Norris was not shy on his thoughts.
"He's been our focus, and we would love to have him in the car," said Norris on his wishes for next season. "If I had to have a crystal ball, that's where we'd want to go and that's what I see in the future for sure."
Of course, sponsorship makes the NASCAR world go around and it will certainly have the final say in Vickers future. However, with his ties to Toyota and relationship to the folks at Aaron's Rentals and Sales, I'd say that Brian has finally made it back to the big time and that's a story that all NASCAR fans can be pleased with.
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