Vickers spins on first lap, collects Kvapil
June 15, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
Former Michigan winner slides into the wall in Turn 4, heads to the garage early
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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Brian Vickers, looking for his first win of the 2014 season, came to an abrupt halt Sunday, less than a lap into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The Michael Waltrip Racing driver, 13th in points entering Sunday and a Sprint Cup winner at the track in 2009, slid up the track and into the Turn 3 wall on the opening lap.
His No. 55 Toyota spun down off the banking and onto the apron where it was hit on the front end by the No. 32 of Travis Kvapil.
"Going into Turn 3 and I expected to follow the 48 (of Jimmie Johnson) in there," Vickers said after being released from the infield care center. "Just got really loose; I chased it all the way up to the wall and it just came around."
Kvapil had dropped onto the apron in an attempt to avoid any contact; as a result, he had no clear path to avoid Vickers.
"I feel horrible," Kvapil said. "We started last and had plenty of time. I saw it and was getting slowed down … was creeping down by the grass.
"It was almost like a situation where I was going too slow, instead of just driving through the wreck. … The car wouldn't turn in the grass and he just kept coming down and it peeled the right-front off of (Vickers' car)."
Vickers returned to the race at Lap 85, 84 laps down. He finished 42nd with Kvapil finishing 43rd.