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Friday, August 14, 2009

Vickers wins third straight MIS pole; now it’s time to win

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Brian Vickers has this pole thing down.
On Friday at MIS, he became the third driver ever to win three or more straight poles at the track, joining Bill Elliott and David Pearson.

Now how about some race wins.

That’s probably what it will take for Vickers to make up his 96-point deficit and make the Chase.
He is aware of this fact.

“It’s pretty cool to get three poles in a row here. We’re proud as a team. I’d probably give up every one of them for a win.”
It was 2006 when a 22-year-old Vickers famously knocked his teammate Jimmie Johnson out of the way while at Hendrick Motorsports to win his lone career victory in Cup.

He has six poles this season, but hasn’t finished better than 5th place. He’s on the right track, having finsihed 11th or better in the past five races to get him within earshot of the Chase.

But even a stream of top-10s at Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond might not be enough when you consider he is battling people like Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth for that final Chase spot.

If he hadn’t gotten into so much trouble so early in the season (it started right off the bat with the Dale Jr. wreck at Daytona), he may have been able to sneak in the Chase without a win. But it’s not going to happen now.

The Red Bull team has greatly improved since first arriving in NASCAR, and now it’s time for their lead driver to take the reins and pull them to the promised land of Victory Lane.
Poles are nice, but mean little in the long run.

Wins are all that people remember, and Vickers has to make some wins happen if he’s going to be regarded as a successful driver in the long run.


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