SCOTT HOPES TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF MEMPHIS IDAHO NATIVE STILL BATTLING PESKY WRIST INJURY MOORESVILLE, NC (June 25, 2009) -- Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota/Xpress Motorsports team are headed to the land of BBQ and Blues, of...
SCOTT HOPES TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF MEMPHIS
IDAHO NATIVE STILL BATTLING PESKY WRIST INJURY
MOORESVILLE, NC (June 25, 2009) -- Brian Scott and his No. 16 Albertsons Toyota/Xpress Motorsports team are headed to the land of BBQ and Blues, of Elvis and B.B King. Rich in culinary treasures and musical treats, Memphis also offers an encampment of speed, a unique 0x00be mile oval tucked into the delta, Memphis Motorsports Park. Scott had good fortune in his first trip there as a rookie, qualifying 6th and finishing 13th. He has higher hopes for this Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series clash.
"I am really looking forward to going back with this team and this equipment," Scott said from the team's shop in Mooresville. "I think that will give us an even better chance to succeed, we are a much stronger team now. It is one of those short tracks that I love to compete on. It matches my driving style very well. It is just a good track for me, a lot of fun to drive. You can drive it hard and still pick up the gas pretty early. The frontstretch has a tri-oval D shape to it. Going into turn one there are some bumps you have to deal with and you have to come off turn two fairly straight and get on the gas as quickly as you can. Entering turns three and four you can't arc it as much. If you are not careful you can drive it in too hard and slide up the track."
Scott's crew chief Jeff Hensley is a short track veteran and grew up in a racing family on tracks similar to the diminutive Tennessee oval. In addition to track position a good handling chassis is key.
"You have to have good forward bite but you have to roll the center really good," Hensley said. "It has been my experience there in the past that you have to roll the center real good regardless of what else is going on. The forward bite is something the driver will have to modulate with the throttle. It is a tricky little racetrack, it gets a little bumpy down there in one and two and that upsets the truck. Turns three and four are a lot like Richmond, you can stay down there on the bottom coming off the corner to make some time center off. I think that is where you make your time up at Memphis."
Memphis will mark the second race in which Scott has had to compete with a broken right wrist. Last week he battled the effects in a positive fashion by claiming a third place finish at The Milwaukee Mile. The finish helped Scott climb up to 7th in the NCWTS drivers standings. This week might be more of a formidable challenge.
"I think Memphis is a little bit harder track to drive than Milwaukee," Scott said. "You have to turn the wheel quite a bit more and it is a little rougher than The Milwaukee Mile. It is going to be a tougher track to drive with a broken wrist than Milwaukee. All in all I was pretty happy with how we were able to perform in our first race with the injury. We were able to produce a good finish and that shows the strength of our whole team. We are a team unit, not just one person out there. This a perfect example of how everyone steps up when one person cannot carry the whole load. I didn't know what to expect driving one handed but to run up front all day and finish in the top-five makes me feel really good about our chances. It is a huge confidence booster for the entire Xpress Motorsports team."
As far as Hensley is concerned Scott is right on track with his recovery program.
"If Milwaukee is any indication then he is doing really well in dealing with his injury," Hensley added. "He did an excellent job, his feedback was great. The laptracker shows that we were running at about an average of 8th fastest at the beginning of the race and everytime we made a pit stop we got the truck better and better. At the end we were the second fastest truck. As far as his determination and his courage under the circumstances we are in right now he did an awesome job.=2 0Memphis will be a little tougher, you have to work the wheel a little more. We learned what we need to do to adapt the interior of the truck a little better for him. Hopefully that will make a difference."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park is slated for Saturday June 27th and will be telecast live on SPEED at 6:00pm ET.
Chassis for Memphis Motorsports Park: Xpress Motorsports will bring chassis number 133 to the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. This will be Scott's second event in the chassis, he finished 8th at Martinsville with it earlier this season.