Brian Vickers had a day that many a Formula 1 driver can relate to.
Crashes entering the first corner of the first lap of an F1 race are a fairly common occurrence. Crashes on the first lap of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race? Not as common. Especially crashes that can end a day.
But that's what happened to Vickers, who slid up out of the groove and got loose in turn three not long after the green flag waved.
“It’s frustrating. I wish I knew (what happened) the car just came around going into (turn) three," Vickers said. "I was trying to back the corner up and was taking it easy and just got loose and it just came around from me. I saved it all the way up to the wall and I thought I had it saved and ultimately it just came around and I lost it. I don’t know what happened. The car just came out from under me"
After his car spun around and made contact with the wall, it looked like Vickers was going to get away with minimal, but not debilitating damage.
Then Travis Kvapil came along. Kvapil, the last car remaining to get past Vickers' machine, dove to the inside to avoid him. But he simply ran out of room and hit the infield. Once his left side tires were in the grass, there wasn't much else he could do and he smashed into Vickers' car, almost totaling both machines.
Vickers, who started in the top 10 on Sunday, ended up 42nd after his team did as many repairs as they could to his car. Kvapil finished 43rd.
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