The top two finishers' combined age in the Winn-Dixie 200 is sixteen years younger than the age of the track that is considered "Too tough to tame". Brian Vickers scored at the age of nineteen his second win of the season, followed by teammate...
The top two finishers' combined age in the Winn-Dixie 200 is sixteen years younger than the age of the track that is considered "Too tough to tame".
Brian Vickers scored at the age of nineteen his second win of the season, followed by teammate Kyle Busch, who, at eighteen, and with just three series starts under his belt, scored his second runner-up position.
Fast action in the pits gave Vickers the lead as a late race caution sent the field down pit road for a final set of Goodyears, and Vickers's Hendrick Motorsports crew delivered as the young North Carolina native held the point on the final restart to lead the last sixteen laps and take the checkers.
"This is an awesome team", noted Vickers, who credited his GMAC pit crew for scoring the win. Vickers was equally excited about sharing the victory with his teammate.
"We talked about racing the track, I'm proud of him".
Both Hendrick drivers celebrated by performing synchronized burnouts on the front stretch before the packed crowd.
Finishing behind the under twenty crowd, were Michael Waltrip, Bobby Hamilton Jr and Pole sitter Kevin Harvick.
Waltrip, who led a total of three times, did not seem discouraged finishing behind the younger drivers.
"A race car doesn't know how old the driver is, said Waltrip. "I keep telling people, with the equipment guys get into nowadays; it's not surprising they have so much success. You add their age together and it doesn't equal how old I am. They don't know any better that they can't do the job. "
Waltrip was not the only Busch whacker to finish behind the Hendrick teammates.
Kevin Harvick appeared to have the car to beat, however the Payday Chevrolet seemed to loose speed on long runs, moving Harvick back through the field. Difficulty with a lug nut on the final round of stops put Harvick out of contention for the win.
"We were really good until the tires fell off, said Harvick. If someone was coming up to pass us we had to just let them go".
Harvick, the 2001 series champion continued his streak of top ten runs. In eleven starts he has finished no further back than ninth.
Points leader Scott Riggs finished seventeenth, three positions behind his nearest championship rival, David Green.
This marked the second consecutive week that the points leader finished outside the top five.
As a result, Vickers has moved up two positions in the standings to third, cutting the margin outside the top spot to a mere sixty-seven points.
Seventy-nine points separate the top five contenders. With only nine races reaming, this is the tightest championship points battle in recent memory, and any one of the top five drivers have a realistic shot at claiming the championship prize.
Next Week the series heads to Richmond to battle under the lights in the Funai 250.