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Brian Vickers, the whole story

Updated: June 4, 2010, 11:16 AM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brian Vickers' compact body sinks easily into the backrest of a chic red couch inside the mobile dance club his sponsor, Red Bull, brings to the racetrack periodically. Thirty yards directly in front of him is the backstretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track that holds in its soul his childhood dreams.

Vickers grew up 58 miles to the north and east of this spot, in Thomasville, the son of a racer. From the time he strapped on Pampers he was groomed ...

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