Homestead: Brian Scott race report

SCOTT FINISHES 12TH IN TRUCK SERIES FINALE; IDAHO NATIVE ENDS UP 7th IN NCWTS POINTS Homestead, FL (November 20, 2009) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Brian Scott started the season with a 12th place finish at Daytona and ended...

SCOTT FINISHES 12TH IN TRUCK SERIES FINALE; IDAHO NATIVE ENDS UP 7th IN NCWTS POINTS

Homestead, FL (November 20, 2009) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Brian Scott started the season with a 12th place finish at Daytona and ended the season with a 12th place finish in Friday night's Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was Scott's strong mid-season run however that will define his tenure in the truck series. Scott posted 13 top-ten finishes, 7 top-five finishes and his first career NASCAR touring series win at Dover. He had several near misses, finishing second to NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday Jr. at Memphis and Nashville and adding third place finishes at Kansas, Milwaukee and St. Louis. For the majority of the campaign, Scott competed with a cast on his broken right wrist, courtesy of a hard crash at Michigan in the ninth race of the year. "I really wanted to win this race for all the people that supported me," Scott said. "All the guys on this Xpress Motorsports crew that worked so hard all year long, I really wanted to have a good run for them. My family, especially my mom and dad have been very supportive. We wanted to finish in the top-five in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points and we had a chance coming into the race only 13 points out but we just came up short. I just want to thank everyone for all their efforts all year long."

Scott qualified his No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Toyota Tundra in the 24th position. At the drop of the green flag he wasted no time in moving forward through the field, picking up 8 positions in the first three laps of the race. When the caution flag fell on lap 31 Scott came down pit road for tires on lap 32 and for fuel and a chassis adjustment on lap 33. He came into the pits 13th and exited in 11th. His crew discovered that Scott's right rear tire had been cut and was leaking significantly during his previous green flag run. Shortly after the ensuing restart Scott climbed into the top-ten and seemed to be on the verge of making a strong run to the front. In fact on 18 separate occasions Scott posted the fastest lap of the race. However a snafu in the pits during a pit stop under caution on laps 59 and 60 placed Scott in 19th. He was able to claw his way back into the top ten over the next 30 laps but he was forced to make a green flag pit stop on lap 98 and lost two laps to the leaders and fell back to 22nd. Scott made up one lap over the last segment of the event and passed 10 trucks to finish in the 12th position.

-credit: xm

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