One In, One Out at Vegas
Friday was the first time all of the go-or-go-home cars qualified at the end of the session, and it was Brian Vickers’ No. 83 earning the final spot available on speed with a lap at 179.826 mph. Vickers timed in 23rd overall but will start 43rd in Sunday’s UAW-Dodge 400 because the past champion's provisional was not used.
Teammate and No. 84 driver AJ Allmendinger wasn’t so lucky. He was the first driver to miss the cut despite qualifying 33rd with a lap at 178.026 mph.
With finishes of 12th and 11th in the season’s first two races, the No. 83 sits 11th in the always-critical car owner standings. But qualifying, as usual, was gut-wrenching, and it’ll be that way until the No. 83 works its way into the top 35 come the sixth race at Martinsville.
“It’s definitely still agonizing until you’re locked in,” Vickers said. “It doesn’t really matter where you’re in the points.”