Pleased with his car throughout two practice sessions on Thursday and Friday, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brian Vickers anticipated a strong run under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. He qualified his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry 13th for Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, the sixth of 33 races on the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.
The first of eight cautions came out on lap 24. Vickers reported that his DG Camry got looser as he moved up the racetrack. Crew chief Kevin Kidd made the call for a wedge adjustment to help with the car’s handling, four tires and fuel when Vickers made his yellow-flag pit stop. The No. 20 pit crew gained four spots the pit road positioning Vickers third for the restart on lap 30.
Despite changes made on pit road, Vickers continued to struggle with a loose-handling racecar throughout the next few green flag runs, but continued to maintain a spot in the top-10.
With 36 laps to go at Texas Motor Speedway, Vickers radioed in that his Dollar Gen...