Vickers Steers To Best Finish

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Brian Vickers had to wrestle his car for 600 miles without power steering but was still able to score a fifth place finish in Sunday's night's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Despite the handicap, Vickers muscled the Red Bull Camry to the best NEXTEL Cup finish in Toyota's history.

"Running 600 miles with no power steering is rough," Vickers said. "That feature of his No. 83 Toyota was cutting in and out on for much of the race. But we had a great car all night and that really helped."

Vickers led 76 laps Sunday night and was consistently in the top ten. He, like many of the other frontrunners, was forced to pit for fuel late in the race, but was able to race back to the front and post the impressive top five finish.

For good measure, his night also included a cut tire and a starter malfunciton.

"I think we had the best car and we showed that every time we took the lead," Vickers said. "Nobody gave up on the team all night – we just kept going after it."

"We definitely had the car to beat."

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