SCOTT HOPES DOUBLE DUTY AT MICHIGAN HELPS SPEED UP LEARNING CURVE IDAHO NCTS DRIVER ADDS ARCA RACE TO SCHEDULE Mooresville, NC (June 10, 2008) -- Brian Scott has competed on 13 different tracks in his 16 race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ...
SCOTT HOPES DOUBLE DUTY AT MICHIGAN HELPS SPEED UP LEARNING CURVE
IDAHO NCTS DRIVER ADDS ARCA RACE TO SCHEDULE
Mooresville, NC (June 10, 2008) -- Brian Scott has competed on 13 different tracks in his 16 race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career. From the mile long tracks at New Hampshire, Phoenix and Dover to the intermediate tracks like Atlanta, Texas and Homestead. He has beat and banged around on the circuit's shortest venue, Mansfield and he has seen success at a superspeedway, Daytona. This weekend Scott adds another venue to his list, Michigan International Speedway, a unique high-speed, two-mile oval with quirks all its own. In order to speed up his learning curve Scott has added the ARCA event, the Racing for Wildlife 200, to his weekend schedule, driving the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports prepared Chevrolet. He hopes that pulling "Double Duty" will help provide him some insight for driving the No. 16 Albertsons Chevrolet Silverado in this weekend's NCTS event - The Cool City Customs 200.
"I look forward to double duty, triple duty or quadruple duty," Scott says. "I would race 6 times a week if I could. I love racing all the time. I wish I could race more. Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has its pros and cons. Yes it is nice to race only 25 weekends out of the year and to have a weekend off here and there but for a guy like me who eats, sleeps and breathes racing we want to be racing all the time. Right now it is great for us to be racing the trucks in this seven week stretch. It is just nice to be racing every weekend because you can learn and retain all the lessons you are learning and apply them instantaneously. Running the ARCA race will certainly help me with Michigan. Anytime you can get more experience on the track, even if it is just getting a ride around with an experienced driver, it is going to help you get familiar with it. So having all the ARCA time this week should definitely help our truck efforts. You can figure out where passes happen, you can figure out what the track does temperature wise. You don't have to be on the same tire, you don't have to have the same body. If you get your car or truck neutral and the track changes from sun to shade or wind to no wind and your car gets looser then your truck will probably do the same."
Scott's Xpress Motorsports crew chief Dave Fuge knows Michigan well, posting one top-five and two additional top-ten finishes there in the short amount of time that the NCTS has been visiting the famed site tucked into the Irish Hills of Michigan. As tricky as the 40 year-old track can be Fuge knows added seat time for his driver in the ARCA event can't do anything but help for Saturday's NCTS event.
"Michigan can be a difficult track to get a handle on," Fuge stated. "It is certainly heat sensitive, it can be cool in the morning and hot in the afternoon which can make the track pretty slick. It has a lot of character, it is an older surface with some bumps that can cause problems. It is also relatively flat and that can also help prevent good grip. It has its challenges. So I think that it will definitely be a plus for Brian to run the ARCA race on Friday. It will help acclimate him to the track and provide just that much more of an opportunity for him to learn."