Dale Earnhardt Jr. vs. Brian Vickers: Vying for Daytona's Top Spot

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Difference between Dale Earnhardt Jr and Brian Vickers

As far as race car drivers go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Vickers are definitely at the top of the game. Both are accomplished drivers with numerous awards, and they consistently make the headlines both for their performances and distinctive personalities. In this article, we compare the careers of these key figures in car racing.

Dale Earnhardt Jr
Brian Vickers

Profile

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a professional race car driver based in the United States. He currently drives the AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet Impala numbered 88 for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also drives the #5 and #7 cars for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. Earnhardt actually comes from a family of race car drivers; his father is Dale Earnhardt, Sr., who is a NASCAR Hall of Famer. He is also the grandson of NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt as well as Robert Gee, who was one of the notable early figures in stock car fabrication.

Brian Vickers is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver based in the United States. He was born on October 24, 1983 in North Carolina.

Accomplishments

Both drivers have a remarkable string of accomplishments between them. Earnhardt Jr. won the Sprint Cup a total of 18 times, and he won the Lifelock 400 at the Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2008. In 2006, Earnhardt won the Crown Royal 400 at the Richmond International Raceway, and he has also won the Nationwide Series a total of 23 times. Among his other notable victories were at the Subway Jalapeño 250 at the Daytona International Speedway in July 2010, the Winn-Dixie 250 at the Daytona International Speedway in June 2006, and the Carfax 250 at the Michigan International Speedway in August 2006.

Brian Vickers for his part won the Nationwide Series championship in 2003. He was also the youngest of NASCAR's three top-tier series champions, a feat he achieved at the age of 20.

The Crash Heard ’Round The World

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Vickers were both involved in a huge crash comprised of several cars during a recent Daytona 500 event at Daytona International Speedway. The crash resulted in the elimination of several of the race’s top contenders, among them Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing. Before the crash, Busch was leading the pack for the first 124 laps. Both Vickers and Earnhardt Jr. were vying for the first car one lap down position when they encountered each other as Vickers maneuvered for a blocking position. After the race, Busch made known his opinion that the mishap could have been avoided.

Summary

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • A professional race car driver based in the United States
  • Comes from a family of race car drivers
  • Won the Sprint Cup a total of 18 times

Brian Vickers

  • A NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver based in the United States
  • Won the Nationwide Series championship in 2003
  • The youngest of NASCAR's three top-tier series champions

 
 

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