Brian Vickers, No. 55 RK Motors Toyota Martinsville Preveiw

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No. 55 RK Motors Toyota

MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PREVIEW


American Muscle

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Brian Vickers makes his second 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup start Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. He’ll drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 RK Motors Toyota on the Virginia half-mile track. The 28-year-old Thomasville, N.C. native finished fifth in his first race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 18. Vickers led 125 laps – nearly equaling the 135 laps he led in the last three seasons. Vickers will drive six races in the No. 55 in 2012 including both races at: Bristol, Martinsville and New Hampshire. The No. 55 is eighth in owner points.

BRIAN VICKERS: “Getting back at Bristol and having such a great run, leading all those laps was an awesome feeling. Everything felt perfect. I was so proud to be a part of getting all three cars in the top-five. It felt like I’ve been with this team for a long time. I was really pumped about how well we ran. It’s been a long two weeks since Bristol. I’m ready to go again. We have RK Motors on the car this week. It’s their first time as a full Sprint Cup sponsor so it’s cool they chose this race to join us. (No. 55 crew chief) Rodney Childers bolted together my first go-kart 20 years ago and then he handed it off to my father to finish it off. He also put together my car two weeks ago and did a heck of a job. I expect that again this weekend at Martinsville. It should be a lot of fun.”

Notes

·      RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE is the country’s leading retailer of investment-grade classic and collector cars, selling hundreds of vehicles each year. RK Motors Charlotte’s 80,000 sq./ft. facility features a 200-vehicle, state-of-the-art showroom complete with digital media studio, full restoration / customization shop and a full service area. Additional information is available at www.RKMotorsCharlotte.com.

·         RK MOTORS VEHICLES AT MARTINSVILLE: RK Motors Charlotte will bring three prominent vehicles from its collection to share with fans. The center piece of the display will be the 1963 Z11 powered Chevrolet Impala Holly Farms No. 3 raced by NASCAR legend “Junior” Johnson. During the 1963 season, Johnson won seven races and captured 10 pole positions in this Impala. The display will also include a 1969 Dodge Daytona and RK Motors Charlotte’s wild custom 1969 Camaro. MWR driver question and answers at the display: Martin Truex Jr. 2:40-2:55 p.m. on Friday, Brian Vickers 10:30-10:50 a.m. on Saturday. Clint Bowyer 10-10:15 a.m. and Michael Waltrip 10:30-10:45 a.m. on Sunday.

·         CHASSIS NOTES: Vickers will drive chassis 703 and chassis 694 will serve as a backup car. Neither has raced in 2012.

·         VICKERS AT MARTINSVILLE: Owns top-12 finishes in three of the last six Martinsville races. Sunday marks his 257th career Sprint Cup start.

·         VICKERS’ CAREER STATS: Click Here

·         PINTEREST: MWR now has a home on the Pinterest social bulletin board where you can view the latest videos and photos. www.pinterest.com/michaelwaltrip

·         MWR ON TWITTER:

@55markmartin

@mw55

@brianlvickers

@rchilders55

@mwrteam

@aaronssports

@toyotaracing

·         2012 NO. 55 DRIVER SCHEDULE

Apr. 14                        Texas – Martin

Apr. 22                        Kansas – Martin

May 6                          Talladega – Waltrip

May 12                        Darlington – Martin

May 19                        All Star Race- Martin

May 27                        Charlotte – Martin

June 3                         Dover – Martin

June 10                       Pocono – Martin

June 17                       Michigan – Martin

June 24                       Infineon – TBD

June 30                       Kentucky – Waltrip

July 7                          Daytona – Waltrip

July 15                        NHMS – Vickers

July 29                        Indy  – Martin

Aug. 5                         Pocono – Martin

Aug. 12                       Watkins Glen – TBD

Aug. 19                       Michigan – Martin

Aug. 25                       Bristol – Vickers

Sept. 2                        Atlanta – Martin

Sept. 8                        Richmond – Martin

Sept. 16                      Chicago – Martin

Sept. 23                      NHMS – Vickers

Sept. 30                      Dover – Martin

Oct. 7                          Talladega – Waltrip

Oct. 13                        Charlotte – Martin

Oct. 21                        Kansas – Martin

Oct. 28                        Martinsville- Vickers

Nov. 4                         Texas – Martin

Nov. 11                       Phoenix – Martin

Nov. 18                       Homestead – Martin

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