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Opening-Lap Crash Brings Brian Vickers to Garage at Phoenix

Coming to complete the opening lap of the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Brian Vickers got turned into the outside wall by the front bumper of Jimmie Johnson.

In just his second race back after missing the opening two races of the 2015 Sprint Cup season due to heart surgery back in December, Vickers did not get to show his pace.

The caution flew and Vickers brought his car to the garage area to repair what was rather significant damage to the right front.

“That’s a shame,” Vickers told FOX in the garage. “This Aaron’s Dream Machine was really good in practice and I felt really good from the first lap. I was coming out of [turn] 4, I was against the wall and I just got drilled from behind and turned into the wall.”

Johnson received repairs on pit road and returned to the track.

About the author

Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.

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