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Brian Vickers is ready to race, at least in the Daytona 500

Brian Vickers is ready to race, at least in the Daytona 500

Meet Brian Vickers, the happiest man in the Daytona 500.

"I can assure you that when the green drops next Sunday, I am going to enjoy it much more than anyone else on the race track," Vickers said Friday morning, his first official day as a member of Stewart-Haas Racing.

Vickers' moment is preceded by Tony Stewart's misery. Stewart – who has said 2016 will be his final season of Sprint Cup racing -- suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in an all-terrain-vehicle accident while in Phoenix recently. Stewart is out indefinitely, starting with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 21.

For now, Vickers is the guy, but the game plan is fluid. There are no definitive...

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