DOLLAR GENERAL TEAM HEADS TO DEGA: Brian Vickers and the No. 20 Dollar General team venture to the state of Alabama this weekend as the circuit competes at the legendary Talladega Superspeedway. Vickers captured his first career Sprint Cup Series win on the 2.66-mile superspeedway in October 2006 at the age of 23. The Thomasville, N.C.-native has four career Nationwide Series starts at Talladega and finished ninth in his last Nationwide Series start there in 2010. Vickers heads to Talladega on the heels of a fourth place finish at Richmond International Raceway last week that moved him three positions to sixth in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings.
JOE GIBBS RACING AT TALLADEGA: Joe Gibbs Racing has won the last two Nationwide Series races at Talladega Superspeedway. Kyle Busch took the team to Victory Lane at Talladega in 2011, and Joey Logano earned the win in 2012. In 28 starts at Talladega, Joe Gibbs Racing has tallied four wins, nine top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes while leading a total of 211 laps.
THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Covergirl, Amerigas, Republic Plastics, Scrubbing Bubbles, Snuggle, Alpo, Pepsi Max, Clorox, Energizer, Hefty, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Stacker 2 and Brawny will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
RACE INFO: The Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4. Watch and listen live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Brian Vickers: “I’m excited about getting to Talladega. I’ve always loved racing there. It’s a special place, especially since I got my first Cup win there. Nothing would make me happier than to win this weekend. We had some good speed at Daytona in the season-opener until we ran into problems mid-race. I definitely think we have the opportunity to win. We are running really good so far this season, we just haven’t capitalized on it.”
“Things have been continually progressing with our No. 20 Dollar General team. We are competing for top-fives there at the end of races, we just need to start the race closer to where we are running at the end. We are trending in the right direction and getting better. We just need to keep going.”
“Running double-duty in the Nationwide car and the Cup car for the past couple of races has both helped and hurt. More practice is always a good thing and having more time on the track is always a good thing. With the competition schedule being so tight, you just don’t get the quality of time to debrief after practices and prepare for the race. So there are pros and cons, and neither of them really outweighs the other. It’s just a challenge. On a whole, being out of the car as much as I was last year, the seat time I’m getting now is very important and I’m very thankful for that.”
Crew chief Kevin Kidd: “With the current rules package, it’s an interesting mix of two-car tandem style racing versus pack style at Talladega. As with all plate races, you’re trying to log laps all day and be there at the end. You really want to miss the ‘big one’. Engine cooling can be a concern, as NASCAR mandates the amount of airflow into the engine. On hot days, this can present problems. Spotters play a huge role in these races too. They are as important in this race as any other facet of the team.”