The future of Hendrick Motorsports appears to be secure, with the one-two punch of Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch. Vickers scored his second career victory, and teammate Kyle Busch garnered his best-ever series finish in second. The two celebrated...
The future of Hendrick Motorsports appears to be secure, with the one-two punch of Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch. Vickers scored his second career victory, and teammate Kyle Busch garnered his best-ever series finish in second. The two celebrated by doing burnouts on the front stretch simultaneously, as the crowd roared with approval.
"This was an awesome victory. This crew got me in lead," said Vickers. "My teammate Kyle did an awesome job. We talked before the race that we would race the track, not the other guys. I'm proud of him."
Vickers beat Michael Waltrip off pit road at lap 126, and went on to lead 37 of the races 147 laps. He had to hold off his hard-charging teammate Busch by 1.977 seconds to achieve the win.
Vickers, 19, and Busch, 18, did the almost impossible. Two teenagers beat the salty old veterans, at one of the most storied tracks on the circuit. To make the tale even better, they did it at the last Labor Day weekend event.
"I can't thank Rick (Hendrick, car owner) enough for trusting me to put me behind the wheel of this race car," said Busch. "These guys did a great job setting this car up."
Michael Waltrip tried desperately to hold onto second place, as Busch put the heat on from behind. In the end, the young gun motored past the veteran to prove that he will be a force to be recognized in stock car racing. This was only Busch's third career start in the series.
"The car was set up for the long haul, it just didn't work out in our favor," Waltrip said. "I was a little bit too tight on new tires. It was disappointing to finish like that."
Bobby Hamilton, Jr. was fourth and pole-sitter Kevin Harvick rounds out the top five.
Scott Riggs holds on to his lead as series points leader by a 19-point margin over David Green. Vickers win scoots him up two spots into third, just 67 points shy of the lead. Jason Keller and Ron Hornaday complete the top five. A mere 79 markers separate racers one through five.