Its past the halfway point of the season. There havent been many off weekends in the schedule and next weekend might just be the break that Brian and the Aarons No. 55 MWR team need. Theres been a lof of racing, travel and testing to get the Dream Machine prepared for a race like Sunday in New Hampshire - where in 2013 Vickers powered the Toyota to the front in the final run to the finish to win the 301 lap race. This year however did not have the same result as about 365 days ago. Some strategic pit strategy and track position brought BV up to the 4th position at the halfway point of the race, but the handling went away which dropped Vickers as far back as 24th about 50 laps later. New Hampshire is one of the most handling sensitive tracks on the Sprint Cup Series schedule and you have to be nearly perfect to have a good day.
Enter the green - white- checkered finish and the gamble to come in and put tires on the car for a sprint to the finish. Brian restarted 17th, but ended up in the wrong lane and lost a few spots finishing the event in 21st position. He now sits 20th in the points standings.
He was to the point at the end of the race. An off weekend might just help everyone rest, relax and get back on the horse with just a few races left until the Chase beings.
“We had a good car today at times. Just messed it up on the calls. We were just struggling too tight and with track position all day. I felt like we always restarted in the wrong lane. It just wasn’t our day. We’ll enjoy the off weekend and be ready for Indy.”