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Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A

By the time I realized the gate was not open, the team was there and I wanted to spend some time with them; and at that point, I'm pretty sure we ran out of gas but either way, it shut off or wouldn't start and it was the end of my burnout but it was a special burnout.

Ty Norris:
Last year we won three races with Clint Bowyer, and all three times we ran out of gas, so I told Brian, it's just our thing (Laughter).

Q:
You went the extra mile, quite literally and figuratively but you also had to walk a few extra hundred feet to get that checkered and even more to get to victory lane. Did that, you know, the steps that you took, did you reflect about how far you would actually come to reach that moment?

Brian Vickers:
Yeah, absolutely. It was difficult not to think about that those last 50 laps or 30 laps or whatever it was. I just tried to live in the moment as much as possible turn by turn and not think about the past or the future or what or couldn't happen.

But once it was over, it was - I think it was a sigh of relief with everything that had happened to finally, you know, to clinch another victory after so long and after so much, and it was a lot of thankfulness. I don't know if that's the best - that's definitely the feeling I have. I just don't know if that's the right word to articulate it.

Just thankful for everything that had happened and everything that didn't happen; that I was able to get back into a race car, and that I had the support of family and friends to get through everything and to get back in the car.

You know, there were some people that still believed many me, namely these guys sitting here and everyone at MWR to give me the chance. I think that was probably the biggest emotion that I had, I have, that I still will have going forward, because they took a chance, in a lot of ways. There was a lot going on and a lot of uncertainty for me.

You know, whether it was health issues or all the drama or just - there was so much. I'm just very thankful for all that. That was probably the number 1 and the main emotion I had and still have.

Q:
Happy times at Michael Waltrip racing, winning two of the last four races, Clint is second in the championship; can you talk about the ascension of the team and where things are, and you guys really taking it to the next level and the mood and atmosphere right now?

Ty Norris:
Yeah, one of the things that Michael harped on, he heard someone say this, so it just locked into his brain. He said we have to get fast, faster, so whatever it takes to get fast.




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