Atlanta II: Brian Scott preview

IDAHO NATIVE HEADS TO ONE OF NASCAR' S FASTEST TRACKS MOORESVILLE, NC (October 22, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the year candidate Brian Scott has been undergoing a resurgence as of late. Two recent top 10's and five...

IDAHO NATIVE HEADS TO ONE OF NASCAR' S FASTEST TRACKS

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 22, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the year candidate Brian Scott has been undergoing a resurgence as of late. Two recent top 10's and five straight top 15 finishes have helped the Boise, ID native move up to 16th in the NCTS points battle and 3rd in the NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year chase, just four points out of 2nd with four races remaining in the 2008 campaign. Now=2 0Scott ventures to one of NASCAR's swiftest venues, Atlanta Motor Speedway for the E-Z-GO 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA on Saturday October 25th. AMS has a well earned reputation as a mind blowing palace of speed. Some of motorsports' most famous competitors have made their mark there since the track opened on July 31, 1960. Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, Johnny Rutherford and Rick Mears dominated at AMS in the early days of open wheeled racing at the mile and a half oval. Richard Petty has the most starts with 65 and ended his career there on a historic November day in 1992. Dale Earnhardt has the most wins with 9 and Cale Yarborough has led the most laps -- 3,297. Geoffrey Bodine once laid down an amazing lap just after the track was reconfigured to its current 1.54 mile quad oval design in 1997, touring the track in 28.074 seconds which translates into an almost unfathomable 197.478mph. Scott will be making his third NCTS start at Atlanta, finishing 19th in last year's fall race and 17th in the 2008 spring race. He knows all about Atlanta's reputation as a speed demon.

"Atlanta is definitely a really fast track, but it compares to a lot of places on the circuit we go," said Scott. "I really don't think much about the speed. I don't think about how fast I'm going. For me, it's all about perfecting the line, making sure I know how to race the track and the other trucks on it. It's all about getting the best experience, and last fall at Atlanta I had a good experience. That's why I like it and I'm looking forward to going back there. It's an awesome track. I really like the configuration and the type of racing it lends itself to. You can go three-wide and run a variety of lines from the bottom of the track right up to the high line. You could run wide open a lot, which at times was a little hairy, but it was all good. It was a lot of fun to be able to hold it wide open for a bunch of laps. I really liked Atlanta the first time I raced there. I hated it the second. I hated it this spring, just because we were so loose. I'm looking forward to going back with this Albertsons Toyota Tundra, with Jeff Hensley at the helm, and I think we'll be a lot better."

Scott and his new crew chief Jeff Hensley are off to a good start. The duo has now run three races together and the chemistry is developing quickly. They got one intermediate race under their belts in the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra at Las Vegas. Hensley also knows a thing or two about AMS, having won there as a crew chief with Mike Skinner in the spring race in 2007.

"We're lucky enough to be able to take the same truck back that we had in Las Vegas," Hensley said. "Brian has a good feel for that truck and we have a little history with it. That truck finished 3rd there in M arch. It's a good truck. We'll go back to Atlanta and I think we'll be good. We'll give it a whirl and see what happens. It seems like every time we go back to Atlanta they bring a different tire for us. But we think we have a handle on things. They'll throw a different tire at us, and we'll struggle with the surface there and the wear. Goodyear does a good job with what they do there. We just need to get the truck where it's comfortable for Brian to run the high side because it's a racetrack where it's hard to hold somebody up. If your truck's good you can usually get around them."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Mike Skinner , Geoffrey Bodine , Rick Mears , Richard Petty , Gordon Johncock , Brian Scott , Cale Yarborough , Johnny Rutherford