After this weekend, Brian Vickers will replace Hamlin in the car. Vickers drives part-time for Michael Waltrip Racing and hopes getting into a perennially contending car allows him to showcase his skills enough to be more than a fill-in.
"It's a huge opportunity for me," said Vickers, who is already racing fulltime in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs and running nine races in the Sprint Cup Series, including this weekend, for MWR.
While appreciative of the opportunity, he's also being careful to keep it in perspective.
"Do I think that my performance in the 11 is going to have a bearing? Of course it will," he said. "Do I think that means that I have to go win to get a ride next year? No. I want to go win, that's our plan. I think that it will have an impact, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it will."
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