Vickers op-ed: No regrets on Richmond

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Brian Vickers laid out his thoughts on the Michael Waltrip Racing penalties and Chase controversy in an op-ed piece for USA Today.

In it, Vickers expresses no regrets over the radio transmission that he abided by to help ensure enough points for his teammate Martin Truex Jr. to make the Chase (before that was erased).

“If helping a teammate, friend and brother in arms is a crime, then I’m guilty,” Vickers wrote. “But if my teammate(s) needed me again and it was of no consequence to me, my team or our partners, I would make the same decision time and time again.”

He said people should consider their thoughts and words about the team. Hundreds of families could be affected from MWR and their partners.

“If our amazing partners were pressured to the extent of pulling out, hundreds of families would lose their means of income. You should consider this next time you decide to rant on Twitter about something without having all the facts,” Vickers wrote.

When it comes to the action itself taken by MWR, Vickers again confirmed that what happened Saturday night isn’t new, and isn’t uncommon.

“Every lap we take, every car we pass, every pit stop we make changes the outcome of the race. Are we free to choose what and when those moments are or not? You can’t have it both ways,” he said.

Whether you agree or not, it’s well worth a full read.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.