Atlanta: Brian Scott race report

Scott Battles Way To 17th-Place Finish In Atlanta Truck Series Race JMooresville, NC (March 9, 2008) -- Brian Scott and his No. 16 Shark Energy Drink/Albertsons Chevrolet engaged in a test of wills in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta...

Scott Battles Way To 17th-Place Finish In Atlanta Truck Series Race

JMooresville, NC (March 9, 2008) -- Brian Scott and his No. 16 Shark Energy Drink/Albertsons Chevrolet engaged in a test of wills in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday night with Scott coming out on top with a 17th-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

"If you finish races and don't wreck trucks, you can bring them home and work on them," said Scott after battling the ill-handling vehicle for 200 miles on the ultra-fast 1.54-mile Atlanta oval. "If you don't crash them, you can work on them and make them better. The fact that we didn't crash and came home 17th is a positive we can point to as a team."

In only his 10th career Truck Series event and the second at Atlanta, Scott saw his preparation time for the race get cut short when rains washed out much of the practice time allotted to the division Friday morning. Despite the handicap, the Boise, ID driver still qualified 20th for the event with a time of 32.270 seconds (171.800 miles per hour average).

"Having a short practice didn't help us much," said Scott of the one-hour test session. "We struggled trying to get the truck to turn in practice, but it actually felt pretty good in qualifying. We went into the race feeling pretty good about our chances, but the track really changed a lot between the afternoon when it was green and at night when there was a bunch of rubber down on it. As soon as the green flag fell, we really had problems turning. It was really loose and it stayed that way no matter what we threw at it."

The handling issues dropped Scott to as low as 25th in the running order early in the race, but multiple pit stops throughout the event and a never give up attitude allowed the 20-year-old Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender to still come home with a solid 17th-place effort.

"Being a rookie and never having to deal with a truck that loose before, it was pretty nerve wracking," said Scott. "There's not anything I can do in that situation other than give the best I can for my guys. You have to run as hard as you can every lap because win, lose or draw, the guys have worked the same amount and put in a great effort. They deserve 120 percent of my effort in return no matter how we're running. I just tried to do that and bring the truck home in one piece."

The finish earned Scott and his Xpress Motorsports team $10,985 in prize money and 112 championship points. Scott is 17th in the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season championship chase after three races with 344 points - just 32 markers out of 10th place in the standings.

-credit: brm

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