SCOTT POSTS SOLID TOP 15 AT LAS VEGAS IDAHO NATIVE CLAIMS 14TH PLACE LAS VEGAS, NV (September 20, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the year candidate Brian Scott overcame a late race spin in his No. 16...
SCOTT POSTS SOLID TOP 15 AT LAS VEGAS
IDAHO NATIVE CLAIMS 14TH PLACE
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 20, 2008) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the year candidate Brian Scott overcame a late race spin in his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra and worked his way from the back of the pack to claim 14th place in the wild and wooly Quik-Liner s50 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The event was marred by a record 12 caution flags. The 14th place finish was Scott's third straight top 15 finish and his fourth in his last five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts.
Scott qualified his Toyota in the 21st position with a lap of 32.538, which translates into 165.960mph on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 1.5 mile layout. When the green flag fell it did not take long for the action to get started. Scott narrowly avoided danger when Sean Murphy spun his Chevrolet right in front of Scott's Albertsons Toyota on lap 3 forcing Scott to take an evasive maneuver. The Xpress Motorsports team called Scott down pit road two laps later for a shock absorber adjustment and fuel.
Scott pitted again on lap 25 for two Goodyear tires and fuel. By this point in the event Scott had climbed up to the 12th position. By lap 57 Scott's chassis started to come in. He radioed his crew on lap 57 with the news that, "This baby is starting to come alive." He pitted again on lap 66 for four tires and fuel. Newly appointed crew chief Jeff Hensley told his crew, "Great stop guys, we took four tires and you all got him out in great shape." When Jack Sprague and Brendan Gaughan spun on lap 76 Scott climbed into the top ten. Scott came down pit road again on lap 98 while running 9th for a track bar adjustment and fuel.
The turning point in the race for Scott came on lap 104 of the 147 lap event. Scott spun his Toyota coming off of turn four and was forced to pit two laps later to replace four flat spotted tires.
"I just got up in the gray area entering the turn and it got loose on me," Scott said in the NCTS garage area after the event. "I thought I was going to get it back and I wrestled with it but it just came around. There was really heavy traffic and I didn't have any air on my spoiler at all. We were running in the top 10 and I would have loved to have stayed up there but I just couldn't save it."
Scott restarted at the tail end of the longest line in 21st spot. He quickly made his way back up the running order. He was running in 15th on lap 126 and was able to dodge Todd Bodine's spinning Toyota on lap 126. On lap 139 he was involved in an incident with David Starr in heavy race traffic. On the last lap Scott dodged two wrecks in one lap. Gaughan spun on the backstretch and Scott deftly avoided his spinning Ford. Colin Braun and Jon Wood then tangled at the start finish line right at the checkered flag and Braun spun sideways across the line right in front of Scott's Toyota, which finished in the 14th position.
"It was tight racing all night," Scott said. "There were a lot of competitive trucks out there tonight as there always is in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We had a decent night. Not as good as would have like but I think we have a lot to build on with this team. Jeff Hensley did a great job on the pit box and the guys in the pits were great all night. This Toyota was really good most of the night and I can't wait to get to Talladega and see how good we will be there."