Originally written June 10, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
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• The DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway, originally scheduled for Saturday night, was postponed until Sunday due to rain showers. By Sunday morning, the weather had cleared, but more rain showers were on the horizon. • Brian Vickers rolled off fourth for the start of the 250-lap Nationwide Series event on Sunday morning, his first time competing on the .875-mile oval. The yellow and black No. 20 Dollar General car was the leader of the three-car Joe Gibbs Racing team with teammates Elliott Sadler and Drew Herring starting seventh and ninth respectively. • Vickers stayed steady in the fourth position throughout the first portion of the 250-mile race. A competition caution was scheduled for lap 50, but on lap 49 while racing with the No. 6 car, Vickers got loose and spun in turns one and two. No damage was sustained. • Crew chief Kevin Kidd brought Vickers in for the first pit stop of the day under the yellow. Vickers still remained on the lead lap in 14th for the lap 56 restart. By lap 135, Vickers had moved his way up to fifth and green-flag stops had begun. The No. 20 car came in under green on lap 137 for another four-tire change. The crew lost three spots on the green-flag stop cycle and Vickers was positioned eighth after stops were completed. • The next yellow flag was out on lap 149 for debris. The field came to pit road for a final stop that would allow them to make it to the end of the race on fuel. Kidd called for a two-tire change, but a lengthy pit stop lost Vickers four spots. He restarted 12th with 97 laps to go. • Shortly after the restart, the No. 99 of Alex Bowman got loose under Vickers. Contact was made sending the No. 20 car into the wall and bringing out the fourth of five cautions. Vickers suffered major damage to the rear of his car and was forced to bring his DG Camry into the garage for repairs. • Soon after Vickers came in, a rain shower moved through and NASCAR red flagged the race for over an hour. After the track was dried, cars were back on track for the remaining 82 laps. The No. 20 crew was still working in the garage to get the car back on the track. Vickers was able to get back on the track with about 40 laps to go and ended the day 54 laps down in 29th. • Vickers disappointing 29th-place finish pushed him back from fourth to seventh in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings. Next week, the series travels to Michigan International Speedway for the 13th of 33 races on the 2013 schedule. -Joe Gibbs Racing PR
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