Vickers To Miss Race Due To Blood Clots

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

In a story that was broke by the Associated Press Thursday, it was found that Brian Vickers will miss this week’s Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Vickers was apparently checked into a hospital Wednesday with what has been revealed as bood clots.

This is a shocking development that has taken everybody by surprise, but energy drinks have been known to cause blood clots in the past. Vickers who drives for Red Bull Racing, has obviously had his fair share of energy drinks over the past few years. I’m no medical expert, and I’m not saying this IS what caused the clots, but do some research via google on the correlation of blood clots with the use of energy drinks.

Casey Mears, who has been driving the Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 36 car, will drive the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota this week in relief of Vickers. Johnny Sauter will attempt to make the Sprint Cup race in Baldwin’s No. 36 car. Remember Vickers made it into the Chase for the Championship last season, but it will be extremely hard to make it into this season’s edition if he misses a race… However team manager Jay Frye said that missing the race isn’t the thing that the team is worrying about.

“Our main concern right now is with Brian and his health and recovery,” Frye said. “All things are looking good at the moment; this is just a minor setback. We appreciate Casey filling in this weekend and know he will represent the team well.”

Regardless of the how or the why, lets hope that Brian Vickers has a safe and speedy recovery.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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