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Brian Vickers Wins NASCAR's Carfax 400

Sports Betting News - August 16th, 2009 - Written by Bruce

Brian Vickers took the lead with two laps to go and went on to win the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Vickers started the race in pole position, and took advantage when leader Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas with two laps to go. With the victory on Sunday Vickers broke an 87 race win less streak, his last win came back in 2006. Jimmie Johson led for 134 of the 200 laps before running out of gas on lap 198. Jeff Gordon came in second on Sunday, 1.5 seconds behind Vickers. Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. came finished the race in third. Carl Edwards and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the top five.

This was the second time this year that Jimmie Johnson gambled and ran out of gas at Michigan. Back in June, Johnson had the lead at the first race at Michigan International Speedway this year before also running out gas. Johnson finished the race in 33rd place, dropping to third in the Sprint Cup standings. Tony Stewart finished Sunday's race in 17th place, but extended his Sprint Cup points lead. He is currently 284 points ahead of Jeff Gordon, who moved into second place in the Spring Cup standings with his performance on Sunday. The drivers had to deal with a nineteen minute rain delay after only eight laps.

With Brian Vickers winning on Sunday, Toyota earned its first ever win at Michigan International Speedway. It was also the first ever Sprint Cup win for Red Bull Racing. Brian Vickers was the 2003 Nationwide Series champion, and at the age of twenty became the youngest driver to ever win a race in one of NASCAR's top three series. Him and fellow driver Kyle Busch recently got into it after the Nationwide race where they we fought for the lead on the final lap. When asked about it Vickers said Busch came over to his car after the race "crying like a little baby", but failed to get out the car when Vickers asked him to get out and "talk about it like men." In a television interview after the race, Busch commented that Vickers' driving tactics were "just stupid." After winning Sunday's Carfax 400, Brian Vickers looked far from stupid in picking up his first Sprint Cup win this season.

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