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Brian Vickers and Joe Gibbs Racing Partner for Full 2013 Nationwide Series Schedule

November 6th, 2012 at 10:39 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On the heels of learning he would be behind the wheel of Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Sprint Cup Series ride for nine races in 2013 Brian Vickers picked up another top-notch ride. He will race the full 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing in a Toyota sponsored by Dollar General.

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The last time Vickers ran full-time in the Nationwide Series was in 2003 when he became the youngest champion ever at age 20. He won three races that season and had 21 top 10 finishes in 34 races for Hendrick Motorsports. Since that season Vickers has competed in 58 Nationwide Series races and has 18 top 5's and 37 top 10's.

"I am fortunate to have raced with Dollar General before, and I am so excited to be reunited with Rick [Dreiling] and everyone involved with their program," Vickers said. "Dollar General is a tremendous company, and its support and enthusiasm for racing is outstanding. I'm very happy to stay in the Toyota family, and when you look at the Nationwide Series over the past several years, no team has dominated like Joe Gibbs Racing. Hopefully, we'll be able to get Dollar General, Toyota and JGR a Nationwide Series championship next season."

Vickers raced for Braun Racing from 2007-2010 and then Turner Motorsports in 2011 in the Nationwide Series with sponsorship from Dollar General.

In 2012 the only NASCAR action Vickers has had was eight races in the Sprint Cup Series filling a part-time role with Michael Waltrip Racing. After scoring three top 5's and five top 10's in those races, Vickers earned a high end competitive ride with JGR.

Dollar General will also sponsor Matt Kenseth for 17 of the 36 Sprint Cup Series races in 2013 for Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 car.

"We look forward to our expanded partnership with Dollar General in both our Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series programs for next season," said Joe Gibbs. "With Matt and Brian, we feel well-positioned to deliver great visibility and winning results for the Dollar General brand. Matt is obviously a great talent, and his experience will be invaluable to our race team. Brian has proven to be successful in everything he has raced."

Tags: Brian Vickers, Dollar General, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs, matt kenseth, michael waltrip racing, Motorsports, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Sprint Cup Series, Toyota, Turner Motorsports

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