• Saturday’s Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the second time in NASCAR history that the Nationwide Series competed on the historic 2.5-mile track. Brian Vickers locked in a sixth-place starting spot for his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry. As one of the top-four finishing points eligible drivers in the previous Nationwide Series event, Vickers was not only contesting for the win at Indy, but also competing in a “race within a race” against fellow competitors Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Elliott Sadler for a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus from series sponsor Nationwide Insurance.
• The first 49 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were run under green-flag conditions with very little passing. Vickers moved into the fifth-place spot at the drop of the green and stayed there until his crew chief, Kevin Kidd, brought him in for a green-flag pit stop on lap 29. Vickers reported that his Dollar General Toyota was tight on exit. Kidd called for four Goodyears, fuel and a wedge adjustment on pit road. Once green-flag stops cycled through, Vickers was back in fifth.
• When the first of four caution flags came out, Vickers radioed in that his Camry was free in and still tight off. After four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, Vickers was placed in sixth for the restart on lap 55. Ten laps into the run, the yellow flag was back out on lap 65. After getting word from Vickers that the car was still a little too tight on exit, Kidd called for another wedge adjustment along with two tires and fuel on the yellow-flag stop.
• The field went back to green with 30 laps to go, and Vickers was the leader of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. He maintained a steady run through two more restarts to bring home a fourth-place finish and cash in on the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus from Nationwide Insurance. Vickers wasn’t the only one taking home a Dash 4 Cash check. A lucky fan, Pam Nabors of Santa Cruz, Calif., who was paired with Vickers earlier in the day also took home $100,000 courtesy of Nationwide and got the opportunity to share the experience with the No. 20 Dollar General team.
• Vickers fourth-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was his ninth top-five finish of the 2013 season. The 29-year-old driver made gains in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings with his strong run, moving up to fifth. Now 28 points separate him from the leader heading into the series’ next event at Iowa Speedway.
• In recognition of Vickers’ top-10 finish at The Brickyard this weekend, a 10 percent discount on all online Dollar General purchases will be offered on Monday, July 29. Visit www.dollargeneral.com to take advantage of this exclusive offer.
Brian Vickers’ Post-Race Thoughts: “These guys did a great job. We had some adversity to overcome today, so I’m happy with how it turned out. To get $100,000 with Nationwide’s ‘Dash 4 Cash’ and get a fan, Pam Nabors, $100,000 too — that’s huge and that’s special. Really proud of these Dollar General Toyota guys. And it was a good points day for us. We are so close to a win. These guys have done such a great job and they deserve a win. If we keep just chipping away at top-five’s and top-three’s, then eventually we’ll get to victory lane.”
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR