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Vickers a surprise winner at New Hampshire

9:19 PM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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Loudon, NH (Sports Network) - Brian Vickers, a part-time driver for Michael Waltrip Racing in the Sprint Cup Series this season, won Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 after making a late-race pass on Tony Stewart at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Vickers moved ahead of Stewart and took the lead for the first time with 16 laps remaining. A caution for debris in the closing laps setup a two-lap overtime finish. After the restart, Vickers pulled ahead of the field, while Stewart ran out of fuel and slowed on the track, allowing Kyle Busch to take second. Vickers beat Busch to the finish line by 0.58 seconds.

It was Vickers' third career Sprint Cup victory but his first since August 2009 at Michigan (139 races ago).

Vickers is sharing driving duties with Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip in the No. 55 Toyota this season. He is being considered as the full-time driver of that car for the 2014 season. Vickers is now a full-time competitor in the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. He finished second to Busch in Saturday's Nationwide race at New Hampshire.

Jeff Burton finished third, while Brad Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup champion and pole sitter for this race, took the fourth spot. Aric Almirola completed the top-five.

Jimmie Johnson placed sixth after starting from the rear of the field. Johnson had his qualifying lap disallowed after his car failed post-qualifying inspection. The front end of the car was found to be too low.

Stewart, who led 84 laps, ended up finishing 26th.

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