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Busch and Vickers Take Aim at Dover

 

  • Sep 20, 2003

DOVER, Del. (Sept. 20, 2003) – The last time Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers competed in the NASCAR Busch Series together was three weeks ago at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway where they finished 1-2 in the Labor Day weekend event.

Vickers went on to win, earning his second victory of the season, while the 18-year-old Busch claimed his second runner-up finish in only his third career Busch Series start.

“The Darlington weekend was quite a success for Hendrick Motorsports,” Vickers said. “You had Kyle and I finish 1-2 on Saturday and then on Sunday Terry Labonte won the Southern 500 with Jimmie Johnson finishing third. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Hendrick Motorsports’ teenage duo will once again hit the track together this weekend as they take aim on Dover International Speedway on Saturday in the running of the Stacker 200—with hopes of similar results.

For Vickers, driver of the No. 5 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet, he and his Busch Series team are focused upon improving their fifth-place finish they recorded at Dover in May and keeping points leader David Green in their sights. Vickers, 19, trails the 1994 Busch Series champion by just 48 points with eight races remaining.

While Vickers and his team battle for this year’s championship, Busch will make his first career start at Dover’s one-mile concrete track, commonly referred to as “The Monster Mile.” The No. 87 ditech.com team spent two days testing there earlier in September.

“There’s a reason they call it ‘The Monster Mile,’” Busch said. “It’s a tricky place to learn to navigate, but once you do, it’s a lot of fun.”

Following the race at Dover, Busch will compete in three other Busch Series events this season. The races include Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park, Atlanta Motor Speedway and North Carolina Speedway. It was also announced two weeks ago that he will compete on the circuit full-time next season as driver of the No. 5 Chevrolets currently driven by Vickers.

Live coverage of Saturday’s event from Dover International Speedway will be broadcast by MRN Radio and TNT beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

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