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Feb 19, 2013
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Brian Vickers 2013 NNS DRIVE4COPD 300 Race Preview
Press Release

Brian Vickers - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
Brian Vickers - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
Brian Vickers / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview

DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway 

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

  • ·         DOLLAR GENERAL BACK ON BOARD WITH VICKERS AND JGR:  Dollar General’s longstanding history in the sport of racing will continue in 2013 with Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Brian Vickers. While Matt Kenseth will pilot the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in 17 Sprint Cup Series events, Vickers will compete for a championship in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Nationwide Series car. Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona will be Vickers 30th time competing in a Dollar General-sponsored racecar. Vickers first drove a Dollar General Toyota in 2008 and since then has earned 11 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and two poles under the Dollar General banner. Vickers made his first start with Joe Gibbs Racing at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2012 where he earned a second place finish.
  • ·         VICKERS MAKES RETURN TO NATIONWIDE SERIES:  Vickers’ 2013 return to NASCAR’s second-tiered national series will come 10 years after he won three Nationwide Series races and became the youngest driver to win the Nationwide Series Championship at the age of 20. While Vickers has a career total of 118 Nationwide Series starts, the 2013 season will be only his second full-time season in the Nationwide Series.
  • ·         JOE GIBBS RACING AT DAYTONA:  In 50 Nationwide Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing has three wins, 15 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and six poles awards. In those 50 starts, Joe Gibbs Racing entries have led a total of 376 laps. The organization’s most recent Nationwide Series win at Daytona was with driver Joey Logano in 2011. Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin earned Joe Gibbs Racing their other two Nationwide Series victories at Daytona.
  • ·         THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA:  Dollar General vendor partners Hefty, Amerigas, Republic Plastics, Scrubbing Bubbles, Sun, Downy, Pepsi Max, Clorox, Energizer, Angel Soft, Betty Crocker and Alpo will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
  • ·         RACE INFO:  The DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway kicks off at 1:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 23. Watch and listen live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio starting at 1 p.m. ET. 

Vickers’ Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

118

3

32

60

4

989

$3,165,009

13.4

14.9

Vickers’ Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Stats at Daytona International Speedway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

11

0

3

6

0

19

$472,268

14.8

16.9

From the Cockpit:

Brian Vickers:  “I’m really looking forward to competing for JGR this season. We’re aiming for having opportunities to win a lot of races and compete for a championship. I’m very fortunate to be with one of the strongest teams in our sport and have the support of such a great partner like Dollar General. I’ve known Rick Dreiling and the Dollar General folks for several years now so I’m excited to be back in a Dollar General Toyota for 2013.”

“I think it’s going to be a very competitive year. The year I won the Nationwide Championship, there was a lot of competition as well. This year is similar to that. There are a lot of good drivers that are competing for the championship this year. There are a lot of well-funded teams, and I think this is one of the first years that I can remember that it’s kind of equivalent to 2003 when I won the championship. I’ve got a great group of guys to work with this year and some good teammates as well. I think the Nationwide Series is going to be very competitive this year and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

From the Pit Box:

Kevin Kidd:  “Heading into this season, we would clearly like to be a contender for the championship. With good luck and smart racing, we think we are capable of it. In addition to that, we feel like we should be in contention for race wins on a regular basis. Having said that, the series will be as difficult this season as it has been in my tenure at JGR. With the competition as tough as it is, it will be a true achievement to accomplish wins and the championship this season.”

“We are very excited to have Brian Vickers on board this year. His experience and talent is something that our team has been yearning for, and I feel that it will truly elevate our race team to the next level. Brian has been great to work with so far. Now that the season is beginning, we will be looking to work out our chemistry and communication. The test that we completed at Gresham a few weeks ago was great for getting a jumpstart on that. Our team is really excited to get the season going this weekend at Daytona. We’re very anxious to compete and see what we can accomplish.”

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:

Driver - Brian Vickers                                         Crew Chief - Kevin Kidd                                   Car Chief - Colan Ingle

Engineer - Kenny Oates                                   Shock Specialist - Scott Myers                       Front-end Mechanic - Tony Hamm

Rear-end Mechanic - Ryan Martin                Tire Specialist - Toby Mellott                           Engine Tuner - Dan Bajek

Truck Driver - David Ott                                   Spotter - Chris Lambert                                    Jackman - Nate Bolling

Gasman - Scott Wood                                       Front Tire Changer - Dustin Necaise

Front Tire Carrier - Brandon Pegram           Rear Tire Changer - Mike Hicks                     Rear Tire Carrier - Heath Cherry

About Dollar General:

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations.

Dollar General is committed to the communities it serves and is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

Find the Dollar General store nearest you or learn more about the company at www.dollargeneral.com or on Dollar General’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

DG at the Track:

Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America, with ­­­10,000 stores in 40 states. There are 11 Dollar General locations in the Daytona Beach area.

Dollar General #1350                                        Dollar General #12460                                      Dollar General #11501

894 N. Nova Rd.                                                  2112 South Atlantic Ave.                                    601 Ridgewood Ave.

Daytona Beach, FL 32117                                Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118                  Daytona Beach, FL 32117

 

Dollar General #1128                                        Dollar General #12968                                      Dollar General #11887

2016 S. Ridgewood Ave.                                   1800 N. Nova Rd.                                                3741 S Clyde Morris Blvd.

South Daytona, FL 32119                                 Holly Hill, FL 32117                                            Port Orange, FL 32129

 

Dollar General #11420                                      Dollar General #1474                                        Dollar General #7468

145 N. Yonge St.                                                 3861 S. Nova Rd.                                                1462 W. Granada Blvd. Ste. 2

Ormond Beach, FL 32174                                 Port Orange, FL 32127                                      Ormond Beach, FL 32174

 

Dollar General #11493                                      Dollar General #11207

5420 S. Ridgewood Ave.                                   1550 Ocean Shore Blvd.

Port Orange, FL 32127                                      Ormond Beach, FL 32176

Source: Joe Gibbs Racing, Press Release




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