Brian Vickers’ day came to a crawling halt. Mike Skinner’s never got going.
The No. 83 qualified 40th for the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway, but 500 laps allowed for plenty of scenarios to play out and Vickers — thanks to pit strategy — found himself running second before the lap-400 mark. Red Bull Racing Team’s second top 10 of the season was within reach, that was until the gas tank ran dry in the closing laps.
He and the Bull Crew had been entertaining hopes of a sudden rain shower so fuel never became an issue. No dice. Vickers was forced to pit under green and ended up three laps down in 23rd.
The No. 83 remained 18th in owner points, but Vickers slipped a spot in the driver standings to 18th. “It’s just really disappointing because I know we had a top-20 finish for the second-straight race and had something take us out of the running at the end,” he said.
Skinner, in the No. 84, salvaged a 31st-place finish even though he got the worst of racing side by side with Robby Gordon. Not long after, at lap 105, the spinning car of Sam Hornish Jr. sucked Skinner in. “I just tried to stay out of the way of the leaders (the rest of the race),” Skinner said.
On to Texas.
Saturday’s news: Scott Speed finished 10th after starting 17th in the Kroger 250 — only his second Craftsman Truck start in Morgan-Dollar Motorsports’ No. 46. Now it’s back to ARCA and the April 13 race in Salem, Ind.