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Vickers OK after crash at Kentucky test

May 21, 2014, Staff report,

Driver hit wall in Turn 3, returned in backup car

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SPARTA, Ky. -- Brian Vickers walked away from a hard crash during a Goodyear tire test at Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday.

According to his Michael Waltrip Racing team, the three-time race winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the wall in Turn 3. The crash was hard enough that 2012 series champion Brad Keselowski, also participating in the test, voiced concern for his fellow driver over Twitter. 

Speedway officials confirmed that Vickers was OK, and MWR's No. 55 team crew chief Billy Scott reported that his driver was soon logging laps again in a backup car. During a break in testing, Vickers wrote on Twitter that it appeared his right-front wheel came apart going into Turn 3.

Prior to the accident, Vickers explained that he was driving two cars, which were set up very differently.

"…it's still a rough track, but one of them drives like a dreamboat…. The other one, I can't even see down the front," Vickers said. "I'm afraid I'm going to hit the wall. It's so rough. I can hardly see the wall going through the frontstretch because my head is bouncing back and forth between the headrests so violently."

The Sprint Cup teams of Vickers, Keselowski, and Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray were testing tires at Kentucky on Tuesday and Wednesday to help Goodyear finalize compounds for the track's June NASCAR weekend. Testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series are Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith and Chase Elliott, while Matt Crafton and Ben Kennedy are testing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


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