Waltrip: Vickers and Martin’s part-time efforts made deal possible

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Michael Waltrip’s No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota has done an excellent job of carrying the flag for part-time driver lineups over the last two years, while Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. have raced full-time in the other two cars.

But as for the part-time No. 55, Waltrip was quick to give credit to both Brian Vickers, his new full-time driver for 2014, and Mark Martin, who helped lay the foundation with his setup work and mentorship to the team.

“We wouldn’t be sitting here if Mark Martin didn’t join the team,” Waltrip said at today’s introductory news conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. “I got to run a few races but we needed a guy for a few other ones and that was Brian Vickers. We loved Brian’s enthusiasm and how he wanted to race that car. It wasn’t about money for him then, and it’s not now. It’s abut him being a champion driver. Mark has given so much to our team.”

Vickers, too, paid tribute to Martin’s role.

“To have a mentorship with Mark was great. I only wish it would have happened 10 years ago when I was a rookie!” Vickers said. “I wish we didn’t have to wait so long! There’s still a lot to learn through the process.”

For Vickers, just being able to race again was half the battle after his blood clots diagnosed sidelined him in 2010.

“Yeah, when the doctor told me I’d never race again,” was Vickers’ answer to a question when asked if he thought his career was over. “There’s been a lot of ups and downs through the whole process. When I brought up racing, my bedside manner wasn’t the best. But fortunately we learned it was a fluke event. I can’t take credit for it. Just never give up.”

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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