Vickers Makes Statement In New Hampshire
The resulting green-white-checkered restart saw Vickers choose the outside line, a move that would pay huge dividends. As Vickers drove into turn one both Stewart and third-place Busch looked below the No. 55 Toyota, but Vickers held serve and cleared both cars at the exit of turn two.
Coming down the backstretch Stewart suddenly slowed, the fuel tank in his No. 14 Chevrolet out of gas. The resulting shuffle to clear Stewart gave Vickers a comfortable lead over Busch on the final lap as he cruised to victory at the 1.058-mile oval.
“The Aaron’s Dream Machine, man it was good today,” Vickers said, who at one point was a lap down but managed to get a lucky dog and get back on the lead lap.
So does Vickers think this victory locks him into the No. 55 Toyota for 2014?
“Nothing is a guarantee in life, I’ve learned that the hard way. Even when you think it is done its not done. But this definitely goes a long way,” Vickers said.
Busch said he felt like he had the best car when he was in the lead, but anytime he got in traffic the car became nearly undriveable.
“I think we were the fastest car here today, definitely on the short run,” Busch said. “I guess I burn the tires off of it when we’re here. I don’t know what the deal is. We’re out front, we’re leading and we’re doing fine. I get to lapped traffic and I can’t turn anymore.”
Jeff Burton, a four-time winner at New Hampshire, finished a season-best third. Polesitter Brad Keselowski and Almirola completed the top five.
Stewart, who led 84 laps on Sunday, was scored in 26th position at the finish.