Originally written August 04, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
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• NASCAR’s Nationwide Series made their second visit of the season to Iowa Speedway this weekend, and Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Dollar General team continued a string of top-five finishes with another strong run in the Hawkeye State. Brian Vickers qualified sixth for the 250-lap event. • The race ran under green-flag conditions until the first of four cautions came out on lap 20. Vickers was scored in fifth. He radioed in to crew chief Kevin Kidd that his Dollar General Camry was loose both in and off of the turns. Kidd called for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, and the DG pit crew gained three spots on the stop. Vickers’ No. 20 Toyota was positioned second for the restart on lap 59. • Throughout the next green-flag run, Vickers still struggled with a loose-handling racecar. A caution on lap 139 allowed for the crew to make more adjustments on pit road. With four new tires, the No. 20 Dollar General Camry was lined up in fifth when the field went back to green on lap 145. • A few laps into the run, Vickers reported that the changes made on pit road during the last stop had improved the handling of his racecar. But as the run went on, the car began to free up again. The yellow flag came back out on lap 199 and Vickers was running in seventh. • Kidd made the gamble for two tires on pit road which placed Vickers in second for the lap 205 restart. On lap 208, he drove his Dollar General Toyota into the lead and stayed there until lap 216 when the No. 22 of Brad Keselowski, who had taken four tires on the last stop, moved past him. • Vickers’ inched his way back up to Keselowski and looked to have the momentum to take the lead back when an accident further back in the pack brought the caution out. With 22 laps to go, the field went back to green. • The remainder of the race was run under green-flag conditions and Keselowski maintained the lead. Vickers fell back to third before the checkered flag fell to claim his 10th top-five finish of the 2013 season. The No. 20 Dollar General team was the highest finishing Toyota team in Saturday night’s race and recorded their fourth consecutive top-five finish. • Vickers is still positioned fifth in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings with 13 races remaining in the 2013 season. The series’ next race will take place at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, August 10. • In recognition of Vickers’ top-10 finish at Iowa Speedway this weekend, a 10 percent discount on all online Dollar General purchases will be offered on Monday, August 5. Visit www.dollargeneral.com to take advantage of this exclusive offer. -Joe Gibbs Racing PR
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