Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/1/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota prepares to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2009 in Avondale, AZ. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
After four races in 2013, Brian Vickers is fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) point standings, trailing leader Sam Hornish Jr. by 30 points. Alex Bowman (eighth) and Elliott Sadler (10th) also rank in the top-10 Kyle Busch is now tied for most NNS starts (140) in a Camry with Jason Leffler Toyota drivers have led 818 of 1,204 laps (68 percent) in the last eight NNS races at Auto Club Speedway. Camry drivers have six NNS poles at Auto Club Speedway Elliott Sadler attended James Madison University (JMU) on a basketball scholarship before an injury derailed his career. Sadler was a student at JMU when the school last participated in the NCAA tournament in 1994.   JOE GIBBS, Owner, Joe Gibbs Racing What does it mean for Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas to have won eight consecutive NNS races at Auto Club Speedway? “It means a lot — I don’t know how that happened. These things are so hard to win. We spent years and years trying to win a race. It’s a credit to all the guys. We have a hard-working bunch of guys that we have put together in Nationwide and we also do a lot of it in our Cup operation. We work back and forth with each other. I think it’s really a credit to the Nationwide shop. I really appreciate those guys. The motors — Mark Cronquist (JGR engine builder) and everybody has done a great job. We love coming to Southern California, it’s a great place. We spent 30 years here running all over the place and it’s fun for me to come back and be here. We really appreciate our fan base here also.” BRIAN VICKERS, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Do you enjoy racing at Auto Club Speedway? “I’ve always liked racing at Auto Club Speedway. I think it’s a great race track, especially from a driver’s perspective and from a fan’s perspective it is, too. Fans get to see us going by at 200 MPH. It’s a great track because the surface allows you to run all the way at the top of the wall, all the way at the bottom and even all the way at the apron between turns three and four. Obviously, restarts are exciting and you see guys two, three and four-wide sometimes. I think it makes for great racing.” ELLIOTT SADLER, No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing What do you think about James Madison making the NCAA tournament this year? “They are going to the dance for the first time since 1994 when I was there in college. I think it’s cool. I’m kind of an underdog guy so it’s neat for JMU to win their way into the big dance. I know it’s great for their school, great for their program and most of all good for those kids. Anytime you’re a student at a school and your team makes the big dance and you’re not at a school that normally makes it, that makes a celebration for everybody. I think the whole school really gets behind you and enjoys that part of it.”
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