15 July 2013
Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A
Brian Vickers proved a popular winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, and afterwards he spoke to the media about what it felt like to be back in victory lane after years of setbacks.
Celebrating his first victory in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition in almost four years, Brian Vickers was a seriously happy and delighted man as he spoke with journalists at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway media centre on Sunday afternoon.
Vickers was joined by the crew chief of the #5 Aarons car Rodney Childers, and by Michael Waltrip Racing team general manager Ty Norris.
We are joined by our race winner, Brian Vickers, winner of the Camping World RV Sales 301. This is Brian's third Sprint Cup Series victory.
There have been 11 different winners in the last 11 Sprint Cup Series races here at New Hampshire, and Brian, with your win today, you are now eligible for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Obviously a big day for you, a big day for the organization.
Let's start with Brian, Rodney and then Ty, we'll end with you. Just talk about what today is what and just try to put it in words for everyone here.
I don't know that I can to be honest with you. I mean, just everything that a lot of us have gone through and 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 not sure - you're just hoping to be around the next to are you ever going to race again to okay I may race again to all right I'm racing; now I don't have a job, to getting a phone call from Ty and him asking me if I was interested in running eight races. And I said, absolutely.
To go through all that, and to have an opportunity, one of the most exciting things - no offense, Ty, for me, was to work with Rodney. I've known Rodney since I was about eight years old. The first time he helped my father and another guy name Cory and some folks put my first go-kart together - at least that's what they told me. I was too young to remember.
But Rodney and I have been trying to work together for a long time. It's taken us 20 years to do it, and nothing could be more special for me and for both of us to have this win.
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.
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