July 13, 2012; Loudon, NH, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers (left) talks with a member of his crew during practice for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Brian Vickers, Dollar General Sign with Joe Gibbs Racing

The last few seasons have not been exactly what Brian Vickers has imagined they would be, but things are beginning to look even brighter.

Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that they have expanding their sponsorship contract with Dollar General.

Part of the deal will be a fully funded Nationwide Series team that will be driven by Vickers in a full-time effort and will compete for the 2013 Nationwide Series Championship.

Vickers will continue to drive for Michael Waltrip Racing on a part time basis for nine races next year.

The second part of the deal was an extension of the company’s sponsorship in the Sprint Cup Series. The Home Depot has scaled back their sponsorship of the #20, which will be driven by Matt Kenseth next season, so Dollar General has picked up those races the Home Depot has dropped.

Joe Gibbs Racing is continuing to search for sponsorship for a fourth Sprint Cup team, but has prioritized the search to fun for it’s Nationwide Series program.

“Our goal is to grow into a full-time Cup ride,” CEO Rick Dreiling told USA Today Sports. “But it’s a little soon to commit if that’s going to be next year or two to four years from now. That’s all down the road.”

Elliott Sadler is expected to bring sponsorship from One Main Financial to drive a second full-time Nationwide Series car for Gibbs in 2013.

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