R. Mark Stiles

R. Mark Stiles

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From the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, Virginia, R. Mark Stiles, the owner, news director & editor in chief of Catchfence,™ has been dedicated to auto racing news media coverage, journalism and reporting for almost 17-years. Stiles started in the industry in the fall of 1997 with two columns (Green Flag Black Flag and Breaking Loose) for AOL/Athlete Direct's NASCAR department (ADNASCAR). He later merged Green Flag Black Flag and became the news director with Ryan Seek's CatchFence in 1999. At the beginning of 2001, Stiles went full-time with Catchfence, served as an assistant to the now retired Voice of Daytona Int'l Speedway chief track announcer, Bill Bowser, and In 2005 he acquired full ownership of Catchfence.

Nov 11

Brian Vickers 2014 NSCS Ford EcoBoost 400 Race Preview

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Crew chief Billy Scott (L) talks to Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Crew chief Billy Scott (L) talks to Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
CORNELIUS, N.C.  —  No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver Brian Vickers expects his shortest and fastest commute to a NASCAR Sprint Cup race this weekend when the 2014 season culminates a few miles from Vickers’ South Beach condominium where he and wife Sarah live. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver plans a dip in the ocean before firing up his motorcycle to drive to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY: “It’s the one track where I get to sleep in my own bed, get up and drive to the racetrack. So I am pretty pumped about that. I’ve got a Ducati Diavel (motorcycle) I am going to drive to the track every day. It’s pretty fast but I keep it under the speed limit. There is something to be said about being home and being relaxed. I’m looking forward to getting up in the morning and going surfing before going to the race track. I’m not an amazing surfer but I love it. It’s fantastic to live in Miami and be on the NASCAR circuit. It works out great. Miami Airport is great and easy to fly in and out of each week going to races, testing and to the shop.”

2014 SEASON FINALE: “Everyone is excited about the break. Nothing would make us happier than to come to Homestead and get the win. That’s our primary focus. Beyond that I think everyone is ready for some time at home. We love what we do, but our season is a long grind. When you are on the road all the time, away from home and your family, especially for these crew guys, it’s tough. Again we love what we do and it’s why we do it, but when the end of November comes around I think everyone is ready for a break.”

OFF-SEASON TRAVEL PLANS: “Right now, our plan is to go down to Colombia for Juan Montoya’s Formula Smiles charity event. The last few years have been a lot of fun, raised a lot of money and done a lot of good things down there. I hope the schedule works out and we can go again. We also try to do a family trip with my parents and sister’s family in the off-season. Honestly, it’s going to be good just to stay home for a while. We traveled so much during last year’s off season, we did an around-the-world trip, because it was our honeymoon and I was on blood thinners and couldn’t test. I think this year we want to be at home a little more. We may go to Barbados for the Race of Champions, maybe something fun for New Year’s Eve or a ski trip. We are just going to try to spend some time at home.”

2015 SEASON: “We always wish we could have gotten more out of every race. But, I think we learned a lot of lessons this year that we can take into 2015 and race for a championship. I’m already excited about what we have planned for 2015.”


  • CHASSIS: Primary: 808 finished 26th at Darlington, 42nd & 19th at Michigan & 15th at Dover in Sept. Backup: 797 finished 43rd at Dover in June.
  • CREW CHIEF BILLY SCOTT: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Crew Chief Billy Scott began racing motorcycles as a 5-year-old and stock cars when he turned 15. He worked in the truck series as a mechanic before he returned to college to obtain an engineering degree. After graduating in 2005 Scott worked at Robert Yates Racing and began as an engineer at MWR in 2008. The 36-year-old served exclusively as the No. 55 team’s lead engineer the last two seasons.
  • No. 55 CREW:

Billy Scott                                            Crew Chief

Ryan Langley                                      Front Tire Changer

Chris Hall                                            Front Tire Carrier

Shannon Myers                                  Rear Tire Changer

Blake Haugland                                  Rear Tire Carrier

Wes Evans                                          Jack Man

Jeff Kerr                                              Gas Man

Steve Channing                                  Car Chief

David Cropps                                      Interior Mechanic

Roman Pemberton                             Spotter

Brandon Pope                                     Race Engineer

Joe Bisson                                          2nd Engineer

Jeremy Sharpley                                Shock Specialist

Jacen Johns                                       Front Mechanic

Joe Zanolini                                         Rear Mechanic

Kevin White                                         Tire Specialist

Denny Chandler                                  Engine Tuner

Tim Bruce                                           Engine Engineer

Glenn Shano                                       Truck Driver

Al Nelson                                             2nd Truck Driver

  • AARON’S INC: Aaron’s joined MWR in 2000 serving as a primary sponsor in Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races. The Atlanta-based company, with more than 2,100 stores across the country, helps customers own the life they want. Aaron’s carries only the best brand names in furniture, electronics, and appliances with a variety of flexible payment options. It’s really easy to “Own It” at Aaron’s with customers who are now pre-approved for up to $2,500 in merchandise no credit needed. Don’t miss it.  Get a sneak peek of Aaron’s Black Friday event and be the first to learn about Black Friday savings at
  • MWR ONLINE FAN STORE: The new Michael Waltrip Racing online team store is now open. Sign up now at to get discounts and merchandise specials emailed to you. With over 100 items in stock, this is the place to get all your MWR gear.


Race St Fin Laps Status Led
2003-36 3 34 220/267 running 11
2004-36 14 18 271/271 running 0
2005-36 18 43 82/267 crash 0
2006-36 6 21 267/268 running 0
2007-36 17 42 154/267 crash 0
2008-36 20 32 265/267 running 0
2009-36 33 20 267/267 running 0
2011-36 24 17 267/267 running 0
Year Races Win T5 T10 Pole Led
2003 5 of 36 0 0 0 0 11
2004 36 of 36 0 0 4 2 87
2005 36 of 36 0 5 10 1 315
2006 36 of 36 1 5 9 1 126
2007 23 of 36 0 1 5 0 106
2008 36 of 36 0 3 6 1 232
2009 36 of 36 1 4 13 6 101
2010 11 of 36 0 0 3 0 27
2011 36 of 36 0 3 7 0 7
2012 8 of 36 0 3 5 0 158
2013 17 of 36 1 2 6 0 19
2014 35 of 35 0 3 9 1 53
12 years 315 3 29 77 12 1,242

Source: Michael Waltrip Racing

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