Vickers spins on Sunday and was more than happy to retaliate against Kenseth at end of race.
About the only thing Brian Vickers regrets about his wild race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday is that his retaliation against Matt Kenseth didn’t cause more damage to Kenseth’s car and his championship hopes.
Vickers is not all that concerned that his retaliation against Kenseth impacted the finish of the race. He just wishes Kenseth had not already been running 30th when he chose to take him out.
Beyond that, Vickers believes that four of the five incidents he was involved in weren’t his fault. He left Martinsville frustrated but happy that he drove his heavily damaged car to eighth place before his initial wreck with Kenseth on lap 458 of the Tums Fast Relief 500.
The accident sent Vickers and his damaged car to pit road for seven laps, while Kenseth pitted and came out 12th, setting up Kenseth’s next accident with Kyle Busch as Kenseth tried to drive through the field. With Kenseth about 20 laps down in 30th, Vickers drove into him and eventually spun himself with seven laps left in the race, bringing out the final, race-determining caution flag.
“The last incident, if I could do that over again, I probably wouldn’t – not because I don’t plan on wrecking him but just because he was already damaged and it didn’t serve much purpose,” Vickers said in a phone interview Monday. “We had nothing to lose. We were already out of the race anyway seven laps down. It probably was unnecessary.
“It was retaliation, obviously, and probably not well-timed. I plan for saving it for a time when it’s going to hurt. Right after he wrecked me, he wrecked the 18 [of Busch], caused a big pileup and took himself out of the race. So I probably should have saved it for a time when it hurt him more.” Scenedaily.com
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