Brian Vickers Injury: Updates on NASCAR Star's Leg and Recovery

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2013

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 11:  Brian Vickers, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Brian Vickers will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to a blood clot in his right leg.

Fox Sports: NASCAR announced the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon:

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10:25 a.m. ET

From Nate Ryan of USA Today:

Bob Pockrass of Sporting News followed:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:05 a.m. ET


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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 12:25 p.m. ET

From Brian Vickers:

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According to the staff of, Vickers is upset about the health issues, but believes he will be back soon and better than ever:

If there’s anything to be positive about with today’s news it’s that this is only a temporary setback, The timing for this is never good, but I’m glad we’ll get it out of the way now and be ready to run for a championship with the Aaron’s Dream Machine in 2014.

RacinToday noted that Dr. William Downey has placed the Michael Waltrip Racing star on blood thinning medication after an examination on Monday morning revealed the small blood clot in his right calf region. Vickers is eyeing a return before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season starts next February.

Blood clots have kept Vickers out of action in the past, as Bob Pockrass of Sporting News noted that he missed most of the 2010 season with the same issue.   

RacinToday found that Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine this coming weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and that a replacement driver for the remainder of 2013 would be announced in the future.

MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman made it clear that it wasn’t the company’s main concern at this point.

“We were just informed this morning and our concern is for Brian’s health. Anything else will be worked out in due course.”

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 10:  Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 10, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/
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Vickers won his first race in 75 attempts on July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and finished in the Top Five five times in the past two seasons, per Nate Ryan of USA Today.

According to Ryan, Vickers is slated to become the full-time driver of the MWR Aaron’s-sponsored Camry beginning in 2014 after driving part-time for the team beginning in 2012.