VICKERS BACK IN THE GROOVE Three races down in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with his first top-10 finish in the bag, it seems like business as usual for Red Bull Racing Toyota Camry driver Brian Vickers as he heads to the Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Jeff Byrd 500. But, after losing most of the 2010 season recuperating from blood clots that threatened his career, Vickers is savoring every moment of a return to doing what he loves best – racing a stock car. Getting back in his No. 83 Camry to start the 2011 Sprint Cup season at Daytona had always been his target since being diagnosed with the condition in May of last year, so getting the clearance to race again was huge. Yet, coming so close to losing the thing he’s most passionate about has certainly left its mark on him. “Going through this is definitely going to change my perspective,” he says. “I think what I went through changed me more personally. It changed who I am and I grew a lot as a person. I still have a lot of growing to do and I am sure there are plenty of people who would point that out, but I definitely took a big step up the ladder through this experience. “I have no doubt that going through this experience and how it’s changed me personally is going to show up on the race track.