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NASCAR's Brian Vickers ahead of schedule in rehab, eager to race after open heart surgery

  • Driver Brian Vickers speaks to the media during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Driver Brian Vickers speaks to the media during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Brian Vickers, right, speaks to the media as teammate Clint Bowyer, left, looks on during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Driver Brian Vickers, right, speaks to the media as teammate Clint Bowyer, left, looks on during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Clint Bowyer, left, speaks to the media as team owner Michael Waltrip, right, and driver Brian Vickers, center, listen during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Driver Clint Bowyer, left, speaks to the media as team owner Michael Waltrip, right, and driver Brian Vickers, center, listen during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

Brian Vickers says he is eager to get back on the racetrack and prove to everyone he still has what it takes to win Sprint Cup races following open heart surgery last month.

Vickers will miss the first two Cup races as part of his recovery process, but has been given a clean bill of health to begin racing March 8 at Las Vegas.

Vickers says doctors told him three months is more than enough time for his chest to heal after they were forced to crack open his sternum on Dec. 15 to repair a hole in his heart for a second time.