Thomasville, NC - Brian Vickers' much-anticipated debut in the NASCAR Busch series ended early on lap 56 of the GNC Livewell 250 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, WI on Sunday, July 1st after contact from another competitor sent Vickers...
Thomasville, NC - Brian Vickers' much-anticipated debut in the NASCAR Busch series ended early on lap 56 of the GNC Livewell 250 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, WI on Sunday, July 1st after contact from another competitor sent Vickers spinning into the outer wall on the backstretch. Vickers had been running in the 22nd position and was able to drive his #29 EMP/Emerson Motors Chevrolet Monte Carlo back to the pits to the attention of his pit crew, but the damage to the right front of the racecar was too severe to continue. The previous day (Saturday, June 30th), Vickers and several members of his crew left immediately after "happy hour" practice for the Busch series and flew to Holland, NY on primary sponsor EMP's corporate jet, where they qualified 6th and finished 3rd in the USAR Procup North event.
Vickers' BLV Motorports team considered the hectic "double header" weekend an overall success despite the Busch accident and felt it displayed just some of the potential for the 17-year-old. Brian, though, was not satisfied with his 30th place qualifying effort for the Busch race, nor the short end to his Sunday race.
Brian stated, "it was a shame, because this team and I need experience at the Busch series level. The car was tight early in the race and I was just settling into a comfortable pace when the accident happened. They told us in the drivers meeting to use patience and obviously I don't think the #74 was listening very well. We were entertaining 160 people here from EMP and their various business partners, including Emerson Motors. We got to meet before and after the race and they had a great time! I just wish we would have had the opportunity to give them a full 250 laps!"
According to Vickers, "everything went pretty smoothly on Saturday. We worked on some things on the Busch car in "happy hour" and felt like we had a good top-15 car for the race. Being able to fly to New York on Saturday and maintain our points in the Procup North division was important. We had a good car all night and didn't even put a scratch on it. We just didn't have quite enough for Mardy (2nd place finisher Mardy Lindley) or the #71 (Sean Studer). This entire weekend would not have been possible without the help and cooperation of a lot of people. I want to thank Toby Robertson, his crew, Corey Smith, my crew - including Dean Johnson and Stevie Leavitt, the usar officials, and most of all, Brian Larche and EMP for allowing us to use their corporate jet."
Brian Vickers and the BLV Motorsports team will be back in action on Saturday, July 14th with the USAR Hooters Procup series at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pa. The USAR Procup Series event from Holland, NY will be broadcast on Speedvision this Thursday, July 5th at 9:00pm. Vickers will be back in action with the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series on August 4th at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, IN. You can learn more about Brian and the team at www.brianvickers.com.