As it turns out, Vickers won't be working with Childers beyond this season. MWR officials confirmed Friday that Childers would not be returning to the organization next season and Vickers would get a new crew chief.
In an interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Childers confirmed he is headed to Stewart-Haas Racing where he will be paired next season with new driver Kevin Harvick.
The No. 6 Ford team, led by crew chief Mike Kelley, is currently competing for its third consecutive Nationwide championship. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the title the past two seasons with the team.
Three things to watch
• Mark Martin is probably the best back-up plan Stewart-Haas Racing could have this season. Let's face it, with Tony Stewart out for the season, the outlook of the people who work on that team probably was dim. Besides the fact Martin is a very talented driver, he is also a very good motivator. There is no driver who appreciates having the opportunity to compete and win individual races more than Martin. Sure, the No. 14 has a chance to make the Chase on owner's points. But making a trip to Victory Lane would be a huge shot in the arm for that team.
• There's no sign of a sellout for Saturday night's race at Bristol. That's not necessarily surprising these days in NASCAR. But it must be a disappointing reality to face for the crowd who thought "fixing the track" was the answer to the attendance woes that had befallen the track of late. The problems at Bristol had little to do with the racing and everything to do with the economy.
• It's been four races since either Kyle or Kurt Busch won at Bristol. That seems nearly impossible. In fact, that hasn't happened since either started their respective Cup series careers.
Three picks for your fantasy team:
Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano