Thursday, October 30, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Healthy Vickers eyes another New Hampshire win

By
From page B6 | July 13, 2014 |

NASCAR New Hampshire Auto Racing

Brian Vickers rests after the morning practice for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Loudon, NH (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

LOUDON, N.H. — Brian Vickers can already claim a victory this season without taking a checkered flag.

Vickers has started all 18 Sprint Cup races, the kind of run that’s a given for stars like Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon. For Vickers, the number holds a special significance. It means the blood clots that have cost him major chunks of his career since 2010 have yet to return.

He missed 25 races in 2010 when clots were discovered in his legs and, while he was out, he had heart surgery to prevent future clots from moving through his body to his brain.

A blood clot in his right calf found in October sidelined Vickers for the final five races of 2013 because he was taking blood thinners. If he crashed, the thinners would make it impossible for doctors to stop internal bleeding.

Recovered and ready to race, Vickers knows the clots could always return.

“I wouldn’t say that I linger on it or I let it kind of affect my daily life,” he said. “You just kind of have to move on. I certainly am conscious of it and I make decisions based upon the fact that I could have another clot.”

Vickers is always on the move, stretching often or he takes walks on long flights.

“I won’t just sit there for long periods of time,” he said.

Except when he’s behind the wheel of the No. 55 Toyota.

Vickers, coming off a runner-up finish at Dayton, is on pace to start all 36 races for the first time since 2011. He started only 11 in 2010 because of the clots, eight in 2012 and 17 last season (because of part-time schedules).

But one of those starts last season was a career highlight. After four years of health scares and unemployment put his promising career in doubt, Vickers was the surprise winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He snapped a 75-race winless streak and won for third time in 271 starts.

Back at New Hampshire for Sunday’s race, Vickers couldn’t help but recall all the fond memories of his victory celebration. Drivers saluted Vickers with a wave from the car or a back slap on the way to Victory Lane. Johnson, a close friend, pumped his fist out the window toward Vickers.

“I was out of the car and was told I may never race again,” Vickers said. “And, to be able to get back into a car at all was a huge accomplishment for me personally. And, then to get back in Victory Lane was just kind of put it over the top.”

Here are five things to know about Sunday’s race:

BYE-BYE BURTON: Veteran Jeff Burton could make the final start of his Sprint Cup career. He’s making just his second start of the season in the No. 66 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. With no other races lined up, Burton could cross the finish line for the final time. He’s already made the transition to the broadcast booth and is part of the “NASCAR America” panel on the NBC Sports Network. “I think it’s a good chance,” he said. “I’m OK with that. I’m really comfortable with what I’m doing.” In 38 starts, Burton has four wins at New Hampshire, the most among all drivers. His last victory at the mile track in 2000 marked the last time a driver led every lap. “If this is my last race, it’s cool with me for it to be here,” he said. “This isn’t my home track, but this is certainly a track a lot of my career has been shaped at this race track.”

ALMIROLA WRECK: Aric Almirola’s time as the toast of NASCAR came to a crashing halt when the No. 43 spun and smacked the wall during practice. Almirola won last week at Daytona and qualified 19th for Sunday’s race. He will drop to the rear of the field in his backup car. “Our backup car may be even better than our primary car,” he said. Almirola won a rain-shortened race, depriving him of a celebratory burnout and a spin around the track with the checkered flag. NASCAR flag man Rodney Wise, in his 21st season, gave Almirola the flag at New Hampshire. “When I got in the race car (Friday) the checkered flag was sitting inside my race car. That was really cool,” he said.

LARSON’S SLUMP: Kyle Larson burst onto the scene in a big way, driving more like a championship contender than an ordinary rookie. He had seven top 10s in his first 15 starts and won a pole. There was a runner-up finish at Fontana early in the year, and a fifth and eighth in consecutive races in June. Now comes the slump. Larson has finished 28th, 40th and 36th in the last three races, dropping him from seventh to 17th in the standings. Without a win, he’ll need to climb as high as he can in the points race to think about making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. He starts 13th on Sunday. “Everybody is going to run into some bad luck. I was just hoping it wouldn’t be three weeks in a row worth of bad luck,” Larson said.

WRIST WATCH: Joey Logano practiced Saturday with a sprained left wrist following an accident a day earlier. Logano’s No. 22 Ford suffered a cut left rear tire and smacked the wall in the opening practice session. He would qualify sixth in a backup.

TIME OFF: Jimmie Johnson plans to relax, not get ready to race next weekend. It’s one of the few off weekends of the grueling season. The six-time NASCAR champion wants a few more. “I think we could use six or seven more of them,” he said. “Get down to a 25-race schedule or something with more weekends off would be awesome.”

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Home: Some things never change

By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

Holiday boutique set for weekend

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Live Your Dream award applications due Nov. 15

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
 
Victim of Tuesday traffic incident dies

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3, 5 Comments

 
Transportation Info Depot opens Monday in Suisun

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Salvation Army set to host Kroc Fest

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
 
Deadline looms for vote-by-mail ballots

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

 
Fairfield police log: Oct. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5

Suisun City police log: Oct. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

US / World

California orders risk-based Ebola quarantine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 15 Comments

 
Pentagon orders 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
US health care unprepared for Ebola

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Suge Knight, Katt Williams charged with robbery

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Military jet crashes in California, killing pilot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Army blows up houses, Egyptians evacuate near Gaza

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Peshmerga troops cheered by fellow Kurds in Turkey

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

New York, New Jersey look back 2 years after Sandy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Russian rocket engines suspected in launch blast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Al-Qaida: IS should rejoin group and fight West

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Bill Clinton says voting is cure for polarization

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Police: Man decapitates mother, is killed by train

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

.

Opinion

Editorial Cartoons: Oct. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Davenport, Pal, Spering best choices for vote

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7

Measure A helps students

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7

 
Jane Day for council: She cares

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7

Do you trust Spering?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7, 2 Comments

 
Support for Spering, Moy

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7

Measure A a simple choice

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

 
Mraz is desperate

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7, 7 Comments

 
We’ve got to stop meeting like this

By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A7

Measure A a wise investment

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Spering record not set straight

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 3 Comments

In support of Brian Thiemer

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Debate was eye-opening

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Vote for Catherine Moy

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

 
Tonnesen right choice for City Council

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Vote for Tonnesen

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Learn to say no

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Support for Bertani

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 3 Comments

 
Better uses for negative campaign mailer costs

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Proposition 47 fails to advance state

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Mraz not best officer for council post

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Moy is the leader we need

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Vote for Moy; Vote for Fairfield

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

Time for something new: Integrity

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 6 Comments

 
Supports Timm for Fairfield council

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 4 Comments

.

Living

Community Calendar: Oct. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Oct. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Oct. 30, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A10

 
My sister won’t talk to any of us, I’m worried about my nephew

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A10

.

Entertainment

Taylor Swift talks books and music with kids

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
‘House of Cards’ actress Norment dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Orson Welles’ last film may finally be released

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Sports

Selig’s imprint seen in Game 7 of World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Giants fans revel in victory

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Royals’ dream season falls short in World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC to win World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Warriors whip Kings 95-77 in season opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Jose Canseco resting at home after shooting hand

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sacramento breaks ground on new Kings arena

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

It’s Thursday Night Lights for SCAC

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B2

 
49ers rookie center Marcus Martin to make NFL debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Stanford men looking to build on NCAA tournament run

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Carr prepares for tough test vs. Seahawks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Vanden’s McDaniel repeats as SCAC singles champion

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B3

 
.

Business

Gov’t pushes air bag maker on replacement parts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Fed ends bond buying and cites brighter job market

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

.

Obituaries

Hardie Lee Doshier

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Howard Lenowsky

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Robert Louis Wright

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10