Sidelined Vickers reveals cause of blood clot

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Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers says that his latest battle with blood clots stems from the use of an immobilizing boot following a crash in the August night race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Michael Waltrip Racing pilot, who was sidelined earlier this month after doctors discovered a clot in one of his calves, told NASCAR.com’s Zack Albert that he was fitted with the boot after suffering a severe foot sprain in the aforementioned incident at Bristol.

Vickers has since been placed on blood thinners and is expected to return to the No. 55 MWR Toyota in time for the 2014 season.

“It’s not the clot and it’s not that I can’t race on blood thinners – it’s that I can’t crash,” Vickers said to Albert. “As long as I can promise my doctors that I will not crash, then they’re fine with me racing.

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of moving parts in the car that I can’t control and there’s 42 competitors that I can’t control, so I can’t firmly commit to that. So they’d rather me not race. The risk is not even so much external injury, like a cut or something, it’s really more of an internal injury – they wouldn’t be able to stop the bleeding.”

Current Nationwide Series driver and longtime Cup veteran Elliott Sadler is replacing Vickers in the No. 55 for the final four events of 2013, starting with today’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway.

Also, Denny Hamlin and Drew Herring are combining to fill in for Vickers in his Nationwide Series ride at Joe Gibbs Racing over the last three races of the year in that series.

Make sure to follow all of Friday’s Indy 500 ‘Carb Day’ action on NBCSN from Indianapolis

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It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”

But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.

Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.

Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
  • 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
  • 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
  • 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual Motorsports Special. Among segments included will be:

    1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
    2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
    3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.

Check your local listings for replay times.

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