Brian Vickers snapped his 75-race losing streak at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for only his third Sprint Cup victory in his career. Vickers is not even a full-time driver, having only competed eight times this season for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Vickers missed almost the entirety of the 2010 racing year when he suffered from severe blood clots that ended up requiring heart surgery. When Red Bull Racing closed down in 2011, Vickers lost his opportunity to be a full-time driver and opted to race part-time for Michael Waltrip Racing the past two years.
Vickers spoke to the media after his win about the circuitous and difficult path his career has taken (via Yahoo! Sports):
It couldn’t have been filled with more trials and tribulation. But thanks to so much support from friends and family… but I’ve got to thank (MWR Vice President Ty Norris) for making that phone call and (MWR co-owners Michael Waltrip and Robb Kauffman) for believing in me.
Nothing’s a guarantee in life, I’ve learned that the hard way. Even when you think it’s done it’s not done. But (the win) definitely goes a long way.